SNA Member Testifies Before Senate Agriculture Committee

2015-05-07

On May 7, 2015 during a hearing before the Senate Agriculture Committee, School Nutrition Association (SNA) member Cindy Jones testified on the need for greater funding and flexibility for schools to provide healthier choices to students in the cafeteria. Mrs. Jones is Business Management Coordinator for School Nutrition Programs at Olathe Public Schools, KS and a leader in SNA’s Kansas affiliate.

SummerMeals5ThingstoResearchNowforSummer2016Mrs. Jones’ school district is in compliance with the new meal standards, offers unlimited fruits and vegetables and is working to better serve at risk students through breakfast in the classroom and summer meal programs. However, Jones testified that “Under the new rules, many students are now bringing meals from home.  Our elementary school participation has dropped more than 9%, and at the secondary schools revenue has dropped as many students have stopped purchasing a la carte choices.”

School Nutrition Association supports most of the new regulatory requirements, including limits on calories and unhealthy fats, Target 1 sodium limits and mandates to offer more fruits and vegetables and a variety of whole grain foods. SNA is requesting greater funding and flexibility to address the financial consequences of overly restrictive regulations and allow schools to plan more appealing, healthy meals.

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