Statement from SNA CEO on School Meal Program Challenges

2014-06-09

June 9, 2014 - As the House of Representatives prepares to debate federal nutrition standards for school meals as part of the Fiscal Year 2015 Agriculture Appropriations Bill, School Nutrition Association (SNA) Chief Executive Officer Patti Montague, CAE, released the following statement:

"The government continues to perpetuate the fiction that 90 percent of school cafeterias are successfully meeting the federal nutrition standards being debated by Congress.  This is unfortunate and irresponsible.  Because, while it's true that the vast majority of schools are in compliance with the 2012 standards, few schools are prepared to successfully meet the standards that take effect on July 1.

"The government's own data shows that after 30 years of steady growth, the National School Lunch Program is experiencing an abrupt decline in student participation across 49 states.

"School Nutrition Association does not want to gut the current standards.  Our members simply want relief from some of the onerous regulations slated to take effect this summer, which will lead to fewer students receiving healthy school meals, more food being thrown away and many school meal programs in financial straits."

 

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