There has been plenty for school administrators and students to criticize in the recent nutritional mandates promoted by Michelle Obama. From unsatisfying meals to increased costs, districts across the U.S. are trying to escape the strict regulations contained in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act implemented at the beginning of the month.
At one South Carolina school, however, the restrictions are having a direct impact not only on the morale of students but on the ability of its special needs population to engage in stimulating activities.
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“They don’t meet the standards,” Principal Paul Browning said. “We’re struggling with it.”
The chicken sandwiches were obvious draws for students with a desire for something different. More importantly, funds raised from their sale went toward special outings for the school’s special education department.
“It’s going to be tough for a lot of us,” he said. “We will take a hit, but we’ll adjust. It’s going to make us be even more creative.”
Horry County Schools spokesperson Teal Harding noted that the sandwiches are not the only casualty of the first lady’s activism.
“The district is working on information for schools on how to ensure compliance with nutritional regulations for school celebrations, fundraisers and special events,” she explained.
Reports indicate that any food sold between midnight and 30 minutes after school ends on a school day are subject to these mandates.
Chick-fil-A sandwiches contain 440 calories, 90 more than the new regulations allow for entrée items. The sodium content also exceeds the maximum.
BCN editor’s note: This article first appeared at Western Journalism.