You knew this one was coming.
Amid great national hunger pains over whether schools are serving their students enough food at lunch, there was some sort of political angle to be had. The north country was no exception to the complaints about the 850-calorie midday meals. And now, it's gotten congressional.
“We need to make sure children have enough calories and nutrition to get through the day. In a perfect world, we'd love for them to eat the healthiest items,” said Matt Doheny, a Republican of Watertown who's running for Congress against Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh. “But when you have the nanny state telling parents and school officials how to live, that's just flat out wrong. I would be in favor of repealing this bill.”
Mr. Owens voted in favor of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which helped put in place those requirements. Mr. Doheny chided him for furthering a nanny-state measure. First lady Michelle Obama was a champion of the bill, which passed in December 2010.
The bill itself, of course, doesn't mention anything about specific calorie limits or how many carrot sticks you need before soccer practice, so Mr. Owens wasn't exactly legislating your lunch tray. The law allowed the Department of Agriculture to update food standards at schools. In turn, the department required more whole grains, more fruits and vegetables and fewer calories.
The law was meant to curb obesity among America's youth, but critics say it went too far.
During a visit to a school in the north country, Mr. Owens was asked about the lower calorie limits. Mr. Owens said he'd look into it.
And for your viewing pleasure, he's a parody video that makes light of the situation. It's pretty good.