Healthy school lunch program receiving nationwide backlash

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Healthy school lunch program receiving nationwide backlash

CREATED Aug. 28, 2013

Clark County, NV (KTNV) -- Healthy foods in school lunch rooms may be heading straight into the trash, instead of student's bodies.

Schools across the country are dropping out of a federal program designed to curb childhood obesity.

Students are arguing that the healthy food served to them, leaves them hungry. As a result, there's a nationwide backlash against healthy lunches.

The National School Lunch Program rolled out last fall, with an outpouring of support. But now, that's not necessarily the case.

Superintendent Teresa Thayer Snyder said her school district in New York lost $30,000 in the first three months of the program.

"Our children were finding themselves hungry. They were throwing food away. What broke our hearts, we had to throw out intact pieces of fruit and vegetables," said Thayer Snyder.

The new rules might limit high schoolers to an 850 calorie lunch, but some athletes said that's just not enough.

Action News reached out to the Clark County School District to get its take on the issue. Unlike the schools across the nation facing rejection and loss of money, CCSD students seem to embrace the program.

The school district performs food testing surveys to ensure student satisfaction.