May 29, 2014
Language in the 2015 Agriculture Appropriations bill requires the USDA to waive the requirements for schools to serve fruits and vegetables at every meal. In addition the bill removes requirements for lower sodium and fat, and an eventual adoption of 100% whole grains.
In a May 27th meeting with school nutrition leaders, First Lady Michelle Obama spoke out against the proposed changes.
“Moms and dads don’t want their efforts undermined when they send their kids off to school. Parents have a right to expect that their kids will get decent food in our schools. And we all have a right to expect that our hard-earned taxpayer dollars won't be spent on junk food for our kids.” She said, continuing: “The last thing we can afford to do right now is play politics with our kids’ health.”
A video and transcript of her remarks can be found here.
“Anyone who is serious about addressing child hunger and nutrition knows that the quality of school food makes a difference in millions of children's lives every single day.” Said Rudd Center Director Marlene Schwartz, PhD. “We cannot go backwards, when we have made so much progress since 2010. Our children are our most precious resource, and their health should be our number one priority.” She said.