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October 25, 2011

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Senate Votes to Revoke Limits to Starchy Vegetables in School Lunch

USDA Evaluation of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program: Interim Report

School Food Recovery Act Introduced

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Senate Votes to Revoke Limits to Starchy Vegetables in School Lunch

Late on Tuesday, October 18, the Senate gave voice vote approval to an amendment to the fiscal year 2012 Agriculture appropriations bill proposed by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Mark Udall (D-CO). The amendment would bar funds in the bill used to implement the final rule by the US Agriculture Department (USDA) that would set serving limits of starchy vegetables in school meal programs.

The USDA had announced plans to ban starchy vegetables, such as white potatoes, green peas and corn, from school breakfasts and limit servings in lunches to one cup per week. After the vote, Collins expressed hope that USDA would reconsider its position without needing further legislative action.

Collins said that while the Senate position could succeed in a conference with the House, “the better approach would be for the department to look at the action taken by the Senate . . . and, on its own, revise the rule.”

USDA Evaluation of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program: Interim Report

The US Department of Agriculture released an interim evaluation report on the results from the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) for the 2011-2012 school year. It indicates that in participating schools, the program increased student consumption of fruits and vegetables by about 15%, on average, as compared to consumption in non-FFVP schools. The final evaluation report, to be completed next year, will expand on this interim report by including detailed information on how the FFVP was implemented in a nationally-representative sample of schools.

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) was created to increase fruit and vegetable consumption among students in the Nation’s poorest elementary schools by providing free fresh fruits and vegetables to students outside of regular school meals. FFVP began as a pilot program in 2002 and was converted into a nationwide program as part of the 2008 Farm Bill.

The report can be found at: http://www.fns.usda.gov/ora/MENU/Published/CNP/cnp.htm

School Food Recovery Act Introduced

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced a bill, S. 1719, on October 17th, “to clarify that schools and local educational agencies participating in the school lunch program under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act are authorized to donate excess food to local food banks or charitable organizations.”

The Act was introduced to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry to ensure food used for school meals programs does not go to waste. Schools are guided to donate leftover food to local charitable organizations, such as food banks. Further guidance will be published if it is enacted. The bill also states that schools contributing food to the charitable organizations are exempt from civil and criminal liability to the extent provided under the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act (42 U.S.C. 1791).

To view the bill, visit: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c112:S.1719:


 
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