SNA Responds to Mission: Readiness Report



Contact: Diane Pratt-Heavner  


SNA Responds to Mission: Readiness Report  


NATIONAL HARBOR, MD – Today, School Nutrition Association CEO Patricia Montague, CAE, issued the following statement in response to a new report by Mission: Readiness.

“School nutrition professionals have been on the forefront of combatting childhood obesity by improving the nutrition and quality of school meals,” said SNA CEO Patricia Montague. “SNA and its members recognize the importance of healthy school meals to student success and wellness, and we strongly support maintaining limits on the fat and calories in school meals and requiring cafeterias to offer larger servings and a wider variety of fruits and vegetables. The regulatory changes we are requesting would ensure students continue to receive nutritious meals that contribute to healthy diets.”

Recent reports by Mission: Readiness and other organizations have mischaracterized both the impact of the new standards on school meal programs and the scope of the regulatory relief requested by School Nutrition Association and other groups. SNA’s Myth vs Fact sheet on the new standards addresses how the new rules have contributed to a decline in student lunch participation, increases in food waste and financial instability in many school meal programs.

SNA supports strong national nutrition standards, but is requesting commonsense flexibility under the rules to help students adjust to changes in the cafeteria, increase the number of children participating in the school lunch program and keep school meal programs financially stable. Specifically, SNA has asked USDA and Congress to:

  • Maintain the 2012 requirement that half of grains offered be whole grain rich, instead of requiring that all grains be whole grain rich.
  • Maintain Target 1 sodium levels, and suspend further reductions until scientific research supports them.
  • To avoid food waste, offer, but do not require students to take a fruit or vegetable.
  • Allow healthy items permitted on the meal line to be sold a la carte as well.

Click here for details on SNA’s requests of USDA and Congress.

About School Nutrition Association:
The School Nutrition Association (SNA) is a national, non-profit professional organization representing 55,000 school nutrition professionals across the country. Founded in 1946, SNA and its members are dedicated to making healthy school meals and nutrition education available to all students. To find out more about today’s school meals, visit


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