In her eight years as First Lady, Michelle Obama worked to promote education and health initiatives for children in our country and abroad. Now, according to reports, Donald Trump’s administration is rolling back the efforts she made.
When her husband took office, Michelle Obama launched a campaign to provide children with healthier meal options, eventually leading to stricter meal requirements in federally funded schools — limiting salt and fat while increasing whole grains, fruit, and veggies options in cafeterias across the country.
On Monday, the Trump administration’s newly appointed agricultural secretary, Sonny Perdue, announced plans to roll back those requirements, providing more “regulatory flexibility,” for school lunches.
“If kids aren’t eating the food, and it’s ending up in the trash, they aren’t getting any nutrition, thus undermining the intent of the program,” Perdue said, according to USA Today.
But critics call the move dangerous, claiming it puts business interests before the needs of children.
Meanwhile, the future of another program the former first lady launched is in question. Let Girls Learn was founded in 2015 to provide adolescent girls the education they deserve by investing in programs globally. But, according to a CNN report early Monday, the Trump administration planned to pull it.
“Moving forward, we will not continue to use the ‘Let Girls Learn’ brand or maintain a stand-alone program,” read an internal email sent to Peace Corps employees by LGL’s Sheila Crowley and obtained by CNN.
As the news spread, Twitter responded immediately.
Shortly after social media outrage began to spring up, the White House disputed the report that the initiative was being terminated. “There have been no changes to the program,” Kelly Love, a White House spokeswoman, told CNN.
But, the site notes, “the White House did not say whether Let Girls Learn would be maintained in the future as a standalone program — and they also did not directly address the memo or why it had been sent.”
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(h/t CNN; photo via Chip Somodevilla/Getty)