Big School Districts Reject USDA School Lunch Recipes, Too Costly, Not ‘Student Friendly’

New federal school cafeteria recipes designed to support first lady Michelle Obama’s health mandate don’t meet the government’s demands for colorful veggies, low salt and low sugar foods and are being widely rejected because they aren’t “student friendly,” according to a survey of school nutrition professionals.

The survey found that especially large school systems, representing 54 percent of all students, slammed many of the Agriculture Department’s 226 specially designed recipes because they didn’t meet “the trends of today,” and clashed with “cultural diversity.”

Worse, the survey published in the Journal of Child Nutrition and Management said the USDA’s suggested breakfast, lunch and snack recipes didn’t meet the department’s own demand for healthier foods, the goal of Obama’s Let’s Move! and Recipes for Healthy Kids initiatives.