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New bill to provide healthy school meals and flexibility for schools

Introduced today by Senators John Hoeven (R-ND) and Angus King (I-Maine), the Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act offers school districts relief in meeting some of the most onerous requirements of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 -- specifically the whole grain products and sodium standards requirements -- while ensuring that students receive healthy, nutritious school meals. 

“We’re working with school nutrition professionals from across the country on the Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act to ensure that our schools have local flexibility in meeting sodium and whole grain requirements, while maintaining healthy nutritional standards,” said Hoeven. “We want to make sure that our schools can serve healthy and nutritious meals that our students like, while also making their budgets. This legislation is all about providing both good nutrition and flexibility.”

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) supports the Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act, which restores local leadership and flexibility to federal school meal policies so that schools can provide healthy school food options that students will actually eat.

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