"Who cut the cheese?" Outraged Missourians ask
Tightening its belt, the state of Missouri recently cut cheese from the list of products supplied to low income youth through the USDA's WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) food-assistance program. After objections from program directors and the Missouri Dairy Association, the state is scrambling to reverse their controversial decision.
"I think common sense came into play here in that cheese is such a versatile product that can be used to make a lot of things taste better or palatable, especially for the younger generation," said Dave Drennan, executive director of the Missouri Dairy Association.
"Unfortunately, we're losing a lot of them as milk drinkers, so cheese is the only option to get dairy in their diet."