Poll: Most Americans Support Michelle Obama's Healthy School Lunches

| by Michael Allen

A new poll by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation finds that most Americans support healthy meals for school kids under the standards set by the USDA and promoted by First Lady Michelle Obama.

The USDA school lunch standards were authorized by the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, which President Obama signed into law in 2010.

86 percent polled believe these nutritional standards for school lunches should stay the same or be strengthened. Almost 70 percent of those polled believe that school meals are excellent or good, compared to 26 percent who believed that in 2010 before the USDA standards went into place.

La June Montgomery Tabron, head of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, told The New York Times: “Our survey found that people in the U.S. overwhelmingly support strong nutrition standards and believe school meals are healthier and on the right track because of these standards."

However, the USDA standards will expire if the law is not renewed by Congress before Sept. 30.

Republicans have criticized the USDA program because kids have thrown away healthy food, which is costing schools money, noted Politico and The Hill. Food companies have also lobbied against the healthy regulations.

The conservative web site regularly attacks the school lunch program by re-posting lunch pictures that students post on Twitter with the derisive hashtag "#ThanksMichelleObama."

Sources: (2) (3), The New York Times, Twitter, Politico, The HillW. K. Kellogg Foundation / Photo Credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture/Flickr