Wednesday, January 27, 2016
SENATE COMMITTEE ADVANCES CHILD NUTRITION BILL
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