Chairman Pat Roberts Sends Letter to USDA Seeking Flexibility in School Meals 2017-04-07On April 6, 2017, U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, (R-KS), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture urging regulatory relief from rigid school meal standards, specifically sodium limits and whole grain and dairy requirements. “The current waiver system does not provide schools and those involved in planning and preparing school meals with the necessary flexibility and certainty. I urge you to act administratively and provide immediate relief from certain egregious aspects of the standards, particularly in regards to the rapidly approaching sodium limits and the dairy and whole grain requirements. After providing immediate relief, I urge you to provide long-term flexibility and certainty for our schools, our school foodservice directors, and other stakeholders.” Chairman Roberts has long been an advocate for flexibility in school meal standards, repeatedly calling on the Administration to provide regulatory relief to local school districts. Read the letter to USDA and Press Release from the Committee.