on USDA's Proposed Rule, "Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs"
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is planning major improvements to the quality of the food offered in school breakfast and lunch – and it wants to hear from YOU. Through April 13, USDA will be accepting comments on its proposed rule, Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. Click here for more information on the proposed rule.
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I applaud USDA’s efforts to provide the best nutrition for children, especially low-income children. For so many, breakfast and lunch at school may be the only meals that they get consistently – and even more often, the only healthy meals, and the nutritional quality of those meals is paramount.
I agree with the parts of your new school meals rules that:
- Follow the Dietary Guidelines by offering more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, serving only fat-free and low-fat milk, and limiting sodium and saturated fat, and
- Improve enforcement efforts by increasing the number of monitoring visits to school nutrition programs.
To make sure children get the full value from the new healthier school meals, USDA should strengthen the proposed standards by:
- Increasing healthy choices for students and schools;
- Making the results of reviews and inspections available on the web; and
- Ensuring cost-effectiveness and consistency with efforts to reach the largest possible number of students with the benefits of healthy school nutrition - during breakfast and lunch.
The school breakfast program is very important in our community. I am concerned that schools will not be able to absorb the steep added cost of your plan for breakfast. I urge USDA to make the adjustments needed to keep the breakfast program strong and growing in its reach.