When the 2012 school year began in September, public school students saw some big changes in their federally subsidized school lunch menues. More fruits and vegetables, limits on grains and meats, maximum limits on calories and salt. It's all part of a change to address childhood obesity and health issues. Frankly, it was a welcome change to a system where french fries were considered vegetables.
It didn't take long for complaints to start rising. A lot of students across the country complained that they weren't getting enough to eat. School lunch planners also complained that limits on grains and meat were too, well, limiting.
On Friday the U.S. Department of Agriculture responded by adjusting the regulations to give school lunch planners more latitude, to use as many grains and as much meat as they needed to plan healthy meals.
It's good to see the USDA is listening to the cooks and students on the lunch lines, adapting its new rules and making changes. The new regulations are a work in progress, and we hope they will lead to a better fed, healthier generation of school children.