Schools opt out of healthy option lunches

The nation's new healthier school lunches, championed by first lady Michelle Obama, are packed with more fruits and vegetables, but have been rejected by some students who claim they need more options.

The nation's new healthier school lunches, championed by first lady Michelle Obama, are packed with more fruits and vegetables, but have been rejected by some students who claim they need more options. (8/28/13)

BROOKLYN - Some school districts around the country have chosen to opt out of the new health-focused federal school lunch program.

The nation's new healthier school lunches, championed by first lady Michelle Obama, are packed with more fruits and vegetables, but have been rejected by some students who claim they need more options.

Voorheesville School District in upstate New York was forced to stop the program after they say they lost $30,000 in three months. Students eventually stopped buying the healthy-option lunch and started bringing outside food into school.

Federal health officials say the vast majority of schools are meeting the new guidelines, which set limits on calories, salt and fat. In a survey, less than 1 percent of schools indicated that they are dropping out of the program.

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