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AASA and SNA Urge Congress to Help School Meal Programs
Washington, DC – The School Nutrition Association (SNA) and the School Superintendents Association (AASA) have sent a letter to key members of Congress calling for a Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill that provides increased funding and flexibility under new nutrition standards for school meals and snacks.
The organizations highlighted the financial impact of the regulations on school meal programs and the districts they serve:
“Congress cannot ignore the higher costs and operational challenges resulting from under-funded and overly prescriptive regulatory requirements stemming from the 2010 reauthorization. School districts are being forced to financially subsidize meals at the expense of educational programs.”
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“We are all committed to ensuring students receive healthy school meals, but the financial impact of the new rules threatens school meal programs and efforts to better serve students,” added Jean Ronnei, SNS, SNA President and Chief Operations Officer at Saint Paul Public Schools, MN. “Congress must take steps to restore the financial sustainability of these programs for the sake of the children we serve.”
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. For more information on school meals, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/SchoolMeals
About AASA: AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.