Feds’ ban on milk-only option angers Manchester school officials
Mayor Ted Gatsas and other school board members reacted with dismay to the rules, which they say have contributed to waste when students, some of whom bring lunches from home and only want milk, toss the school-provided fare in the trash.
The regulations are set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which funds much of the district’s free and reduced-price meal program.
“I think it’s paramount we understand when parents sending a child with a lunch, the federal government says we can’t give just milk ... It just doesn’t make a lot of common sense and it’s a waste.”
“It sounds like something our government would do,” he said. “We’re making (students) take perfectly good food and throw it away.”
She said she would investigate the possibility. “I understand what you’re saying and I’m in support of it. If we can find a way so food is not wasted, so it can be used by a pantry... then we’ll find a way to do it,” she said.
Student performance in these schools was in the bottom 5 percent of the state over a period of three years, and the schools are recipients of federal funds targeted for low-income students.
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