Not everyone in line with school lunch program

Published 12/06 2013 01:57PM

Updated 12/06 2013 05:55PM

SPRINGFIELD -- The National School Lunch Program has undergone some major changes in the past year, but it's leaving some kids still hungry during the day. An area lawmaker is trying to fix it.

Congressman Rodney Davis (R) says the program needs some work. It was revamped to include healthier meal options for kids. The problem is, a lot of them aren't eating the food now. That's why Davis is pushing a new bill which aims to keep nutritious meals coming out of the cafeteria which kids will actually eat.

But, it's not what you might thin. His initiative says the White House, Congress and the U.S.D.A. would all have to follow the same healthy eating guidelines. He says that's the only way the higher-ups will see how difficult the program is for schools to follow and why a more flexible option should be put into practice.

Schools say, as is, the lunch program is too costly. It's because kids end up throwing away a lot of the uneaten vegetables and schools would rather use their money on foods kids will eat.

That's why, in the past few months, there have been a lot of schools dropping out of the program and creating their own guidelines instead.

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