Have healthy school meals gone hog wild?

Two Rhode Island schools are donating scraps to nearby pig farms.

RHODE ISLAND—Much of the food from the federal school lunch menu winds up in lunchroom garbage cans. So two Rhode Island schools decided rather than being a complete waste, they're donating the scraps to nearby pig farms. Despite how it appears, Kyle Olson of Education Action Group says the overall issue is not a laughing matter.

"Taxpayers now are funding food for pigs," Olson points out. "This is the crazy sort of things going in schools around the country."

Olson, KyleOn its website, EAG describes how the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 placed strict limits on the amount of sugar, sodium, calories and fat that go into public school lunches

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