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Lawmaker: White House Should Live By School Lunch Guidelines

| by Lina Batarags

The meal served at the White House’s state dinner for French President Francois Hollande nearly doubled the daily recommended calorie intake for schoolchildren in the US.

Now, Illinois Republican Rodney Davis has requested that the White House abide by the USDA mandated guidelines for school lunch and breakfast programs.

The new bill introduced by Rodney, H.R. 3686, the School Nutrition Fairness Act, would function “to make sure this Administration is aware of the real-life impact their regulations are having on kids who are going hungry.”

Tuesday’s White House dinner racked up “almost three times as much as what the first lady and the USDA allow our school kids to eat in the school lunch program,” Davis said.

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The 2,500 calorie dinner stands in stark contrast to the USDA standard of 1,200 calorie daily diet, which Michelle Obama was recommending as part of her anti-obesity campaign.

“It’s the height of hypocrisy,” Davis stated.

As the Times reports, Tuesday’s meal consisted of luxuries such as a first course of American Osetra caviar and a winter garden salad, followed by a main course of “dry-aged ribeye beef served with blue cheese, 12 varieties of potatoes, and quail eggs.”

If the diners had any room left for dessert, a selection of sweets – cake made with Hawaiian chocolate, vanilla ice cream made in Pennsylvania, maple syrup fudge from Vermont – were also offered.

Meanwhile, the government-mandated, small meal portion sizes are leaving kids hungry and parents angry and complaining of school lunches that “taste like vomit.”

Sources: Biz Pac Review, Washington Times

Photo Source: Huffington Post