SNA allowing child nutrition debate to become political - The Packer

SNA allowing child nutrition debate to become political

08/11/2014 11:51:00 AM
Tom Karst

Tom KarstI’m on the ground in Chicago, and gearing up for the Midwest Produce Expo. Check my twitter feed @tckarst for a sweet view out the 23rd story of the Hyatt Regency I snapped just now.

My wife and I stopped in for the first time at a Sprouts Market in suburban Kansas City over the weekend, and I have to say I enjoyed the experience.

We picked up a roast beef wrap for lunch and also bought some gala apples in a tote bag for the very aggressive price of 98 cents per pound. Everything about the store accentuated fresh, bulk, and freshly prepared foods. Its smaller format seemed easier to navigate and the produce displays evoked a similar feel to Trader Joe's.

A competitor like Sprouts will make organic and natural foods retailers rethink their pricing approach, and surely give "middle market" supermarket stores stiff competition for fresh sales.

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 For some reason, Matt Drudge and the Drudge Report love the story that school districts hate the new updated school meal standards. This morning on the Drudge Report -  the old timey news aggregation site  that somehow is impossible for me to ignore - there were two links about discontent with school meals.

REVOLT: KY school district drops lunch program...

and

ATLANTA: 'We're expected to hire food police'...

It seems that many of the Drudge-linked coverage aims to vilify first lady Michelle Obama as the respective story's central theme. This is ludicrous, of course, since that the first lady did not "write the rules" of the updated school nutrition standards. She has used her position to advocate for healthy eating, and that's about it. The USDA, based on recommendations of nutrition experts, wrote the school lunch rules.

 Relative to the story about the Kentucky school, the first paragraph revealed that "lunch at Fort Thomas Independent Schools may include more French fries and larger portions this year."

The school district is "opting out" of the federal school lunch program, forfeiting big bucks because kids didn't like to eat their healthy lunches.

From the story:

"Andi Sempier, the mother of a third-grade student at Fort Thomas' Woodfill Elementary school, said she's glad the district did away with the standards.


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