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USDA Releases New Nutrition Standards Today at Parklawn Elementary School in Virginia

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January 25, 2012 -- First Lady Michelle Obama joined by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack released the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) new nutrition standards for school meals. The new rule requires all schools participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs to serve more fruits, vegetables and whole grains with school meals, while limiting sodium and calories. SNA President Helen Phillips, SNS, and SNA Chief Executive Officer Frank DiPasquale attended the event to hear firsthand the announcement of the new standards.

SNA is reviewing the 280 pages of the Final Rule on the Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs and will be providing analysis for members and up-to-date information at: Be sure to check periodically for updates to the site.

First Lady Michelle Obama discusses changes to school meals
SNA President Helen Phillips talks with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Rear Admiral James Barnett., Jr. (Ret.) of Mission Readiness.

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