Uh yeah... it's page 57 but I'll add my two cents anyway.
I didn't support the child nutrition bill, and it wasn't even because of the issue of background checks (although that is now included in my reasons why). The bill lacked any guidance for how this policy would be implemented on the local level. It seemed to require schools to make this nutrition program but laid no infrastructural suggestions for how this would be done; which basically means, individual schools would be left to figure out what a "nutrition program" would look like. If schools had the capacity to understand sound nutrition choices on their own, the bill wouldn't have been necessary in the first place.
Most school cafeterias have unhealthy food because it is low budget food, and it is only one aspect of the problem. On paper, children eat two meals a day at home. If the quality of those meals is suffering or non-existent, then it's the responsibility of the parents. The nutrition program doesn't cover that. Furthermore, children go to school to learn, not eat. There was a breakfast program at my school growing up and I thought it was a great idea. Breakfast is super important for children to start the day. It takes a lot of resources to do that though, and unless the school has the money to hire additional staff whose job it is to do food programming, the responsibility falls to teachers who are willing to volunteer extra time. Have you seen the public system lately? At this point, teachers already have to volunteer time just to get their work requirements completed at the end of the day.
I would rather see the government revamp the food pyramid to not be an utter reflection of industry lobbying, and introducing better nutritional guidelines to the public as a whole. There is not much point in just providing meals to children if there is no education on food choices accompanying it. Also, I believe education PLUS industry regulation are important. I am not someone who believes it has to be one way or the other. Both are to blame: public ignorance and wanton addition of unhealthy additives to food. If the government can't take a multi-pronged approach then there is no point. Children should not have store access to Redbull and energy drinks that have "recommended dosage" written on them.
The nutrition bill seemed to just throw money at schools and expect them to do the work. Well, school administrations are notoriously lazy, and unless they were trained in nutritional counseling at some point, they are just as ignorant as the children the bill would be trying to serve.