Many students in the Mukwonago School District are boycotting school lunches. At issue are the new federal lunch rules, which increase the servings of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and cap the number of calories.
Pam Harris is the Food Service Supervisor for the Mukwonago District. She says that Monday 70 percent of her students boycotted school lunch. "On a Monday menu we would typically have about 850 students taking the reimbursable lunch at our high school, and we had an actual count of 291 yesterday."
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Undersecretary was in Madison Wednesday to highlight new standards for school lunches taking effect this fall.
The new guidelines will require schools to serve more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Schools will only be allowed to serve fat free or low fat milk, and calories will be limited based on the age of a child.