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Bipartisan bill to provide relief for schools -- Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act

U.S. Representatives Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) and Brad Ashford (D-Neb.) introduced the Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act on June 5, which would provide school districts much needed flexibility from current overly restrictive whole grain and sodium requirements for national school lunch and breakfast programs.  A companion bill was introduced by Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Angus King (I-Maine) last month.

“Schools are seeing an increase in plate waste and dissatisfaction with school lunches, which is impacting our low income students the most,” said Rep. Davis. “The Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act provides our schools with permanent relief from some of the most stringent USDA requirements so they can offer healthy lunches that students will actually eat.”

The bipartisan bill would retain the current fifty percent whole grain requirement for lunch and breakfast, and prevent federal mandates for further reducing the sodium levels for school meals beyond the July 1, 2014 Target I level.

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) issued a letter of support to Reps. Davis and Ashford thanking them for their efforts to provide highly nutritious meals to students and the flexibility needed to meet local needs.

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