The head of a pro-family organization thinks the federal
government needs to take a hint from the many high schoolers in
Mukwonago, Wisconsin, who are turning up their noses at the new
Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act nutrition guidelines.
The federal guidelines cap lunches at 850
calories, and many students, especially athletes, say they are
anything but "hunger-free" after trying the new menu items. Julaine
Appling of the Wisconsin Family Action tells OneNewsNow 70
percent of the students boycotted the cafeteria food on Monday. So
clearly, she says, federal intervention is not working.
"What we really need is for the federal
government to understand that parents should be the ones making
this determination in conjunction with the local school district,"
Appling asserts. "This is the problem with the federal government
being so extensively involved with our local school districts."
Instead of the students taking action, she says it is time for
parents to come forward.
"The parents have the responsibility for the children, not to
the state," the Wisconsin Family Action president contends. "I hope
the families that are involved in these kinds of situations,
regardless of the state, will step up … cry foul … confront the
school districts with this and assert their rightful role as the
parents of these children."
A number of schools across the country are reporting that
students are unhappy with the new lunch offerings.