As School Meals Have Gotten Healthier, 1.4 Million Students Drop Out of School Lunch Program

Michelle Obama’s healthy school meal standards have scored not too tasty.

Over a span of three school years, 1.4 million children dropped out of the National School Lunch Program, reports the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

While the first lady’s Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act has brought healthier items to lunch trays, sugary and salty foods that some kids crave were eliminated from lunchtime.

“The decrease in the total number of students eating school lunches during the last three school years was driven primarily by a decrease in students paying full price for meals,” the report states.

“The number of students paying full price for meals declined by two million, a decrease that could be caused by students choosing to no longer purchase lunch at school or by students becoming eligible for free or reduced-price meals.”