Pending Federal Legislation
On May 21, H.R. 2508, The Healthy School MealsFlexibility Act was introduced in the House of Representatives! Co-sponsored by Congressmen Rodney Davis (R, IL-13) and Brad Ashford (D, NE-2), this bi-partisan legislation is a companion bill to S. 1146, also called TheHealthy School Meals Flexibility Act, and would also provide permanent flexibility to aid schools in complying with the USDA’s sodium and whole grain requirements under the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs. The legislation does not change any other current requirements including calories, fruits or vegetables, and trans-fat.
"School Nutrition Association members strongly support the Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act," said SNA CEO Patricia Montague, CAE. "Although new nutrition standards for school meals have brought many positive changes, some of the new rules have caused unintended negative consequences. Too many students are passing up nutritious school lunches in favor of unhealthy alternatives. Schools miss out on the opportunity to teach students about healthy choices in the cafeteria, while losing critical revenue to invest in appealing school menus. The Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act will help schools maintain strong meal programs and better serve students."
3-19-15 South Dakota Rep. Kristi Noem introduced legislation that aims to reduce federal mandates on school meal standards, including the more stringent whole grain requirements that went into effect in July 2014 and the Target 2 sodium requirements set to be implemented in the coming years.
3-2-15 Sen. John Hoeven, a North Dakota Republican who chairs the Senate Agriculture's nutrition subcommittee and is also a member of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, announced plans Monday to introduce legislation that would relax the U.S. Department of Agriculture rules for schools when it comes to serving whole grain products and reducing sodium levels.
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