Senators Hoeven and King Introduce Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act!

2015-05-01

On May 1, 2015 Senators John Hoeven (R-ND) and Angus King (I-ME) introduced the bipartisan Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act (S.1146) in the Senate. The Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act would provide permanent flexibility to aid schools in complying with the USDA’s sodium and whole grain requirements under the National School Lunch and Breakfast programs. The legislation does not change any other current requirements for calories, fruits or vegetables.

"This legislation is all about providing both good nutrition and flexibility," said Senator Hoeven.

"It’s no secret that Maine schools, like many around the country, are operating under tighter budgets... The Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act will help those dollars go even further by giving schools the flexibility to provide their students with nutritious meals," said Senator King.

"Senators Hoeven and King should be commended for working to ensure schools have the ability to prepare healthy meals that appeal to all our students." said School Nutrition Association CEO Patricia Montague, CAE.

Now that your request for flexibility has been heard and your message picked up by Congress, it’s time for you to help keep the momentum moving forward! Use your SNA Take Action account to contact your legislators and urge them to support the Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act.

Read Senator Hoeven’s press release including a summary of the legislation.

Read the full text of the bill.

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