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SNA Requests Meeting with the First Lady and Sec. Vilsack to Discuss Challenges under School Meal Standards

2014-06-19

National Harbor, MD (June 19, 2014) – This morning, the School Nutrition Association (SNA), representing 55,000 school nutrition professionals nationwide, sent a letter to First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack requesting a meeting to discuss challenges under the new nutrition standards for school meals. Click here to read the letter.

SNA has repeatedly called attention to the financial and operational challenges faced by school meal programs, starting with SNA’s March 2011 comments to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) in response to their then-proposed regulations.

SNA has worked proactively alongside USDA to support members as they have worked toward the new standards and has shared concerns as members have encountered problems in the process. From hosting joint webinars and training workshops over the past 3 years, to welcoming USDA officials annually at SNA’s Legislative Action Conference, SNA has used every opportunity to inform USDA of problems and urge them to provide school nutrition professionals the flexibility they need to implement the new standards successfully.

Today’s letter outlines SNA’s specific requests of USDA and Congress. Click here to read more about the challenges school meal programs from across the country have faced under the new standards.

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 www.TrayTalk.org.

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