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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • USDA makes school nutrition change permanent

  • U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) announced on Friday, Jan. 3 that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will be making permanent changes to the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program requirements.

    The move was made in response to a request he submitted along with several Senate colleagues including U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R.-Kan.).
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  • U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) announced on Friday, Jan. 3 that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will be making permanent changes to the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program requirements. The move was made in response to a request he submitted along with several Senate colleagues including U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R.-Kan.). In December 2012, a letter sent by the senators spurred the USDA to make changes to the program, but they were only temporary. The changes involved lifting limitations on caloric intake of grains, starches and protein. “I don't think there is any question that all of us want our children to eat nutritious foods, but the USDA rule contains impractical and unrealistic standards that leave students hungry and are cost-prohibitive for schools to comply with,” Moran said. “School lunch program decisions should be made in schools at the local level - not mandated by the government in Washington, D.C. This decision is good news for parents, school budgets and food suppliers. Unfunded mandates like this one were making it even harder for schools to provide healthy meals to our kids.” According to USD 443 Nutrition Supervisor Kathy Konrade, the move by the USDA will not result in a menu change for the Dodge City school system. “Most meals Dodge City schools serve are at the calorie maximums so our meals will not be adjusting,” Konrade said. “This summer I will be working on increasing portions of meat/ meat alternatives and grain breads, but will have to adjust other items to meet the calorie maximums.” The USDA has published a final rule in the Federal Register on Certification of Compliance with Meal Requirements for the National School Lunch Program under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Along with making permanent grain and meat/ meat-alternate flexibility, the rule stipulates that schools will be considered compliant with requirements provided they meet the weekly minimums for grain and meat/ meat-alternates and total calorie ranges. The rule originally became effective in March 2012 and was implemented for the 2013 school year. You can reach Pierre Dumont at pdumont@dodgeglobe.com or (620) 408 - 9931.
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