Lawmaker Wants to Let Schools Opt Out of Serving Lunch

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Lunch? Who needs it?

Here’s one way for schools to quit serving unhealthy lunches: they can quit serving lunches all together. Opting public schools out of the National School Lunch Program is also a way to get back at other schools who are not obliged to feed students, which is exactly why an Arizona lawmaker has introduced a bill ending mandatory participation in the federal program.

Republican Arizona state senator Rich Crandall introduced his bill ahead of new federal lunch requirements recently announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The changes to school lunches include among other things adding more fruits and vegetables, cutting back on the starches, increasing whole-grain foods and getting rid of sugary milks.

Crandall argues that his bill would simply level the playing field and allow any public school to stop serving lunches. In Arizona, charter schools and high schools are not required to provide lunches for students.

The lawmaker isn’t just being fair to other schools, who may find meeting the new requirements costs too much extra. He’s being fair to himself. According to, Crandall’s livelihood is in nutrition services.

Crandall is president of a company that oversees USDA child-nutrition programs on behalf of state agencies. He also runs a consulting company that provides dietary services to the assisted-living and long-term care industries.

Of course he does.


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