Students Won’t Be Able To Buy Chick-fil-A Sandwiches At High School Due to New Federal Nutrition Guidelines
SOCASTEE, S.C. (CBS Charlotte) — Students at Socastee High School will see a huge change in their school lunch offerings, most notably the absence of Chick-fil-A sandwiches.
Students will no longer be allowed to buy Chick-fil-A sandwiches during school breaks due to the latest round of federal nutrition guidelines, according to The Sun News.
The Smart Snacks in School nutrition program, which took effect July 1, places more restrictions on snack foods and beverages sold to students during the day. The guidelines are designed to help students gain healthy habits.
Some of the guidelines require snack items to have 200 calories or less, sodium must be equal to or less than 230 milligrams, and entree calories must be equal to or less than 350 calories.
A regular Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich contains 440 calories and 1,390 milligrams of sodium, the company’s website states. Field trips for special education students were funded by the sales of those sandwiches at the high school.
“They don’t meet the standards — we’re struggling with it,” Socastee Principal Paul Browning told The Sun News. “The Chick-fil-A profits went directly to the field trips. We’ve got to raise some money, but we will figure something out.”
The food regulations to schools across the country were first championed by First Lady Michelle Obama. In 2012, the U.S. Department of Agriculture launched major reforms to help children avoid the risk of shorter life expectancies and health problems by reforming the meals that are being served in schools.
Browning thinks that the new food regulations will “severely limit” what his students will be allowed to eat.
“I’ve never seen anybody come to high school thin and leave fat, but we will sell what qualifies,” Browning told The Sun News. “ It amounts to pine bark and flavored water, and it’s going to severely limit what kids will be able to buy during the school day.”