“Healthy” cafeteria food is so bland that students are “bringing – and even selling – salt, pepper, and sugar” to make cafeteria food palatable, said John S. Payne, president of Blackford County School Board in Hartford City, Indiana, to a Senate subcommittee.
“Students are avoiding cafeteria food,” Payne said. “More students bring their lunch, and a few parents even ‘check out’ their child from campus, taking them to a local fast-food restaurant or home for lunch.”
Payne also said school fundraisers like bake sales, have been canceled due to the rules, and “whole-grain items and most of the broccoli end up in the trash” in his district.
Fewer children are eating school breakfasts and lunches, said Dr. Lynn Harvey, North Carolina’s chief of school nutrition services. “When it comes to whole grain-rich variations of biscuits, grits, crackers and cornbread, all too often, students simply toss them into the trash cans,” she said. New rules mean biscuits and muffins are “dense, compact, dry, and crumbly instead of light, moist, tender, and flaky.”