School Board Input on Lunch Regulations Requested

School Board Input on Lunch Regulations Requested

Recently, the U.S. House passed H.R. 2, also known as the federal farm bill  This legislation includes an amendment requiring the Secretary of Agriculture to:

  • review the federal regulations, which sets nutrition standards that stem from the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010;
  • issue new regulations for school lunch and breakfast programs that will provide greater flexibility to school districts to serve foods that students want to eat without added unfunded mandates;  and
  • consult with local school leaders – specifically school board members.

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is working to ensure the school nutrition amendment is included in the final version of the farm bill. However, they need your help. If your district has specific examples of how the current school nutrition regulations are negatively affecting your school meal programs or student participation, please send them to Denise Dittrich. Comments will be forwarded to NSBA to help them advocate for the inclusion of the school nutrition amendment and ultimately securing the long-term flexibility desired for school districts.

The U.S. Senate has passed its own version of the farm bill, but it does not include this school nutrition amendment.  A conference committee will likely be convened to iron out the differences between the two houses and produce final language of the farm bill.  Reach out to Minnesota Senators Klobuchar and Smith and ask them to advocate for the inclusion of the House school nutrition amendment in the the final farm bill.

(Note: The U.S. Department of Agriculture administers school lunch and breakfast programs.)

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