AGRIBUSINESS: New Legislation Aims to Fix School Lunch Woes
The lead sponsors of a Senate bill to fix school meal nutrition standards believe USDA made a mistake in setting limits on the amount of grains and proteins cafeterias can serve students.
Senators John Hoeven of North Dakota and Mark Pryor of Arkansas hope make permanent a short-term waiver issued by USDA last year allowing school cafeterias more time to adjust to the limitations.
Hoeven claims the legislation strikes a balance between providing nutrition in school meals and fighting childhood obesity. The measure would keep calorie limits on food servings intact.
The lawmakers say they’ve gotten involved because of students’ complaints that new menus leave them feeling hungry and don’t account for the specific nutritional needs of student athletes.