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Friday, July 31, 2015

CONGRESS EVALUATES SCHOOL NUTRITION PROGRAMS




As it considers reauthorizing the Child Nutrition Act, Congress is evaluating how students and school districts have fared under current nutrition standards for national school meal programs as well as the snack foods and drinks sold in vending machines and on a la carte cafeteria menus. At recent hearings before a House subcommittee, representatives heard that (1)  more children are choosing and eating fruit with their lunches, and kids are consuming more of their entrees and vegetables; (2) healthy school food can satisfy all students, including athletes; and (3) Congress could help less successful programs by offering greater support for food service equipment, staff training, and technology.

Source: Pew Charitable Trust, 7/17/15, School Nutrition