Federal Stimulus Dollars Pay for the School Lunch Food Police
North Carolina reporter Sara Burrows broke the story about the four-year-old whose home-packed lunch didn’t meet the USDA’s guidelines. She appeared on Fox today with Megyn Kelly. According to Burrows, the inspector who ruled against the four-year-old’s turkey sandwich was from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Kelly found that they are paid for out of President Obama’s stimulus bill.
KELLY: Who is looking at her lunch, and the lunches of the other children?
BURROWS: We’re still trying to determine exactly who the state employee was. We do know that it was an agent from the Department of Health and Human Services.
KELLY: At the North Carolina level.
BURROWS: Right, at the state level. And according to the school principal, a division within the department comes to the school every year to conduct an evaluation related to the More at Four pre-kindergarten program. And as part of the evaluation, they look at students lunches that are brought from home to make sure that they meet USDA guidelines. And this school, we’re told, lost points this year because too many children were bringing their lunches from home and they did not meet, according to this inspector, the USDA guidelines. And this school, we are told, lost too many points because too many kids were bringing their lunches and they did not meet, according to this inspector, the USDA guidelines. And I’ve been trying to determine from the department this morning, who exactly that agent was, and they said that they are trying to get to the bottom of it.
KELLY: This More at Four, it’s a state program but it’s funded by federal stimulus dollars, and the schools now need to comply with this USDA guidelines and so forth.