After four years of transition.
school districts across the country are now providing
students with healther options for breakfast and lunch...
However, some schools aren't seeing the benefits.
And to help struggling schools.
U-S House Republicans have proposed a bill that would
weaken school regulations.
News 8's Brittany Schmidt joins us now with the details....
The house bill is supposed to help school districts
who have been losing money ever since the new regulations
took place in 2010.
It would allow them to take a break from the healther
regulations for a year.
However, two school nutrition supervisors in our area
say that is only going to do more harm, than good.
In the beginning, it was hard to get used to the change.
the first year was difficult.
For the past four years...school nutrition supervisors
have been working hard to follow strict regulations
when it comes to school lunches.
the grain requirement now is that it needs to be whole
grain riched, increased amounts of fruits and vegatables.
It's been a work in progress ever since First Lady
Michelle Obama decided to overhaul school lunches
back in 2010.
Both supervisors admit the transition wasn't an easy
the first year of implementation of the Healthy Hunger
Free Kid Act, we saw our highest drop in participation,
so in that year it was about an 8 percent drop.
Participation did suffer some that year.
But the more they worked at it...the better it got.
Last year we actually
experienced an increase in participation.
What we've noticed is that it leveled off a little
bit more, so that tells us the people are getting
used to it.
Although both supervisors had their ups and downs
with the changes...
They say it's well worth the extra effort...
That is why they are against the house bill that would
allow school districts to take a year-long break from
It doesn't seem to make a lot of sense, they are only
going to be further behind the following year.
I do understand the realities of it with budget, it
becomes very hard...yet at the same time there are
school districts out there who are making headway
and making it work.
In La Crosse County, Brittany Schmidt, News 8
The School Nutrition Association that orignially backed
the healthier changes...is reconsidering its position.
It supports healthier options, but it understands
school districts are losing money because students
aren't buying the lunches.
The White House has threatened to veto the House bill.