The Michelle Obama food plan bars “junk food” from being sold at school events. I’m sure the FLOTUS did not set up a system to eliminate the tutoring of students. (If they had actually aimed for such a goal they would have failed somehow.) Nevertheless, because of her interference with the various local school systems, by her Federal rules, all sorts of cascading consequences are still playing out.
One such consequence is being felt at a school in South Carolina. The Daily Caller reports,
A South Carolina high school is afraid its after-school tutoring programs will suffer as a direct result of Michelle Obama’s junk food ban.
Wade Hampton High School’s store can no longer sell chips and candy bars to students, because of the national ban on high-sugar, high-fat snacks that took effect in July. Leaders of the store are worried the drop in sales could cause a loss of thousands of dollars this year, which would hurt after-school tutoring programs, The Greenville News reports.
The Greenville County School system told The Greenville News it could lose $1 million in sales to food vendors because of the regulations. Clubs and parent-teacher organizations have also reported losing money because students simply aren’t buying the healthier food options they’re forced to sell.
Notice that there is no evidence at all that children are buying fewer sugary (or starchy) snacks or fewer sugary beverages. Instead, all that is happening is that they are no longer buying those items from the school. The school loses the revenue but, in all likelihood, the convenience stores near the school and near bus stops are seeing increased sales. Since the children are refusing to buy the supposedly healthy food we can be pretty sure they are hungry later in the day and are buying the food they want from people willing to sell it to them.
According to the Greenville News, the enforcement of the new rules means that the school system no longer feels it can trust volunteers:
Wade Hampton decided this week to contract with a food nutrition services company to run its store rather than relying on volunteers to read labels and calculate calories, sodium percentages and sugar content to make sure every item in the store complies with the new rules, [Debbie] Strickland said.
“We didn’t want the liability of all that to be on our PTA parents,” she said.
And having an outside contract will eat another slice out of the store’s profit, she said.
Strickland is the “school improvement council chair for the Wade Hampton PTSA.” You have to appreciate the irony that her job is to get rid of volunteers and spend money hiring out their jobs.
In the meantime, the school is asking for more state funds to cover their losses from lost food sales. Michelle Obama is causing a lot of damage in South Carolina.