NSBA Comments on USDA's Proposed Rules Relating to School Lunch Program and Wellness Policy Requirements

Monday, April 28, 2014
School Law Resources

NSBA offered formal comments on April 28, 2014 to a proposed rule issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to implement new requirements put in place by amendments to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (the “Act”), that would affect school lunch programs and wellness policies of public schools.  In its comments, NSBA identified where the USDA is overstepping its authority, and has set forth four recommendations for USDA’s consideration: (1) conduct a cumulative analysis of the financial and operational impact on schools of the Act and related proposed rules; (2) develop and implement a waiver process for those school districts that cannot comply with the Act without incurring additional costs; (3) propose a separate rule for the marketing of foods and beverages limited to just those that are within the school’s food service programs, without trying to restrict the marketing of foods outside those programs; and (4) eliminate the proposed regulations governing foods that are available in school that are not sold on the school campus during the school day.

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