Another Obama legacy bites the dust thanks to Trump administration – but it’s not Barack’s, this time

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President Donald Trump’s administration is making school lunch great again.

On Thursday, the Department of Agriculture announced that it would relax some school lunch rules that were brought about during the Obama administration and were a per project of former first lady Michelle Obama, ABC News reported.

That includes bringing an old favorite, chocolate milk, back to the menus.

The rule change will ease sodium limits and whole-grain requirements in addition to allowing flavored one percent milk back into the cafeterias.

“Schools need flexibility in menu planning so they can serve nutritious and appealing meals,” Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said in a statement. “Schools want to offer food that students actually want to eat. It doesn’t do any good to serve nutritious meals if they wind up in the trash can.”

Perdue has been a critic of the Obama-era school lunch rules saying in May, when he first announced that chocolate milk would b returning, that it would not be “reducing the nutritional standards whatsoever.”

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“If kids aren’t eating the food, and it’s ending up in the trash, they aren’t getting any nutrition — thus undermining the intent of the program,” he said in a statement at the time.

“Schools are experiencing challenges in finding the full range of products they need and that their students enjoy in whole grain-rich form. They need continued flexibility in meeting the whole grain requirements for school meals,” Perdue said.

The rule change takes effect on July 1 after the period of public comment.

The move celebrated on social media.

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