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NSBA participates in congressional briefing on school nutrition

Lucy Gettman

NSBA's Lucy Gettman addresses a congressional briefing on the business of school nutrition

Lucy Gettman, NSBA’s Director of Federal Programs, spoke to a packed room at a congressional briefing on the business of school nutrition in Washington, on Oct. 15. Gettman joined a panel that included representatives from the School Nutrition Association as well as state and local school nutrition officials.

Gettman outlined the results of NSBA’s recent survey of school leaders, which revealed the unintended consequences of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.

Since the law went into effect in 2010, 83.7 percent of school districts saw an increase in plate waste, 81.8 percent had an increase in cost, and 76.5 percent saw a decrease in participation by students.

A majority of survey respondents said that to meet the standards, they favored more district flexibility or more money from the federal government to meet the standards.

 

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