By Seth Hochman
Co-Editor In Chief
Starting to be enacted this year heavily, lunch and school food reform was authorized again in a federal bill in 2010 that was pushed heavily by First Lady Michelle Obama. The bill, officially named the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, made a few main efforts to improve the safety and health of America’s children. The bill aimed to provide federal subsidies for schools and counties that followed the nutritional standards that were set in these new rules, set by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and in general to update the health of food in the lunch rooms of America.
The impact of these new policies has been felt at North Springs. When students walked into lunch on the first day of school noticed that the deep fryers have been taken out, certain drinks such as Gatorade have been taken out, and student favorites like pizza have been taken out of the lunch menu.
The changes to the lunch menu have not just happened this year. The process of updating to new guidelines have been in the making for a while, as “whole grains and fruits have been coming around for a while,” according to Kira Willis, an administrative assistant and the testing coordinator of North Springs.
Certain students think that the new changes are wrong, including freshman Alecea Smith, “Food is only ok, but the new changes are bad because people like certain foods and people aren’t eating as much anymore.”
However, some students believe that it is a step in the right direction. Junior Amecca Hubbard echoes the ideas of the USDA and supports the legislation.
She commented that “it is a good choice to make lunches healthier because we need to have a more balanced diet.”
However, when Hubbard discusses the issue of vending machines, she mentioned that “people should be able to drink drinks like Coca-Cola because people should be able to make their own choices outside of the lunchroom.”
Another issue that has arisen this year involves bringing food from fast food places to school. Under a new Fulton County rule, Fulton County Policy EED, EEE, and JGC, “students that order food from fast food places will have their food confiscated.” In addition, “Food that is brought by parents will be handed to the student at the end of the day.”
A misconception about changes to school rules is that bake sales use to be allowed, and that with the new rules they are no longer allowed. However, “bake sales have never been allowed during school hours… because they compete with school lunches,” according to Willis.