Wednesday, January 27, 2016


The Senate Agriculture Committee has approved a bill that reauthorizes and makes some changes to child nutrition programs. The legislation, among other things:
·    Gives schools two more years, until 2019, to reduce sodium levels in the meals they serve students and allows them to serve at least one bread, pasta or grain product a week that is not made up of at least 51% whole grains.
·    Increases support for summer feeding programs and farm-to-school activities, including an annual $5 million increase in grants for the farm-to-school program.
·    Leaves in place standards in 2010 child nutrition legislation that removed soda and most junk food from schools and upped servings of fruits and vegetables in school lunches.
·    Strengthens the summer meals program through reduced administrative burden and relief of regulations that prevented local innovations.

The Committee sent the bill to the Senate floor; a vote has not yet been scheduled.

Source: Senate Agriculture Committee, 1/21/16, Child Nutrition Bill

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