Schools say ‘thanks but no thanks’ to healthy lunches

School lunch

A handful of school districts across the U.S. are saying “thanks, but no thanks” to the new health-focused federal school lunch program.

A lunchroom makeover was put into place last school year.

Those school lunches are now packed with more fruits and vegetables, whole grains and baked items.

They’re also lighter portions.

But in upstate New York, Voorheesville School District officials said the school lost $30,000 in three months because the students are rejecting the healthier fare.

Teresa Thayer Snyder with the Voorheesville Central School District said, “The children didn’t have options, they had to take what was there and it’s not what they wanted to eat. So frequently they stopped buying lunch from us.”

Federal health officials said the vast majority of schools are meeting the new guidelines which set limits on calories, salt and fat.

They said they also hope schools who don’t participate will still take steps to ensure children have access to healthy, affordable meals during the school day.