USDA Relaxes School Lunch Rules After Complaints

In an attempt to curb our nation's childhood obesity problem by providing healthy meals in school lunches, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will allow schools to serve larger portions of lean-protein and whole grains after some students complained that they weren't getting enough to eat or weren't happy with the selection.

The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 set new school lunch standards, aiming to ensure children at school were eating more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, healthy protein and low-fat dairy, but shortly after implementation students began to complain about feeling hungry.

"Earlier this school year, USDA made a commitment to school nutrition professionals that we would make the meat and grain flexibility permanent and provide needed stability for long-term planning. We have delivered on that promise," said Kevin Concannon, agriculture undersecretary for food, nutrition and consumer services in a statement.

The healthier school breakfasts, lunches and snacks are part of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move Initiative to combat childhood obesity. According to USDA, most schools across the country are successfully meeting the new meal standards.

USDA awarded millions in grants to schools across the country in an effort to implement the healthier changes.

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