There have been a number of changes to the school lunch program and that has Senator Mike Johanns concerned. Senator Johanns serves on the Senate Agriculture Committee and says the new regulations and requirements make too many changes too quickly and there is little flexibility at the local level to account for differences in students and the capacities of districts to make these changes.
Senator Johanns says while visiting schools he has talked to students about the lunch program and their concerns include being served food they don’t like, small portion sizes and limited choices. He says no matter what changes are made to the program if they can’t get kids to eat the food, “we are fooling ourselves because it will go on their plate and then to the trash bin.”
This may not be a one-size-fits-all program. Senator Johanns says what works in Detroit may not work in Kearney, Nebraska.