New meal regs cited for 40% drop in participation

Directors believe initial drop will pick back up.

Sept. 10—From Aug. 22 to Aug. 27, lunch program participation at Beatrice High School, in Beatrice, Neb., had dropped nearly 40 percent from 547 students to 339.

"I just can't stand how they limit the foods that we like to eat," sophomore Jessup Workman said.

Some complaints began early in the school year because of the new federal meal restrictions placed on the lunch programs. Meat, grains and calorie limits have gone into effect causing protest from the high school students.

Beatrice senior Travis Eubanks has created a blog dedicated to the new federal restrictions titled School Lunches Suck at schoollunchessuck.blogspot.com.