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USDA RELEASES PROPOSED RULE ON MEAL PATTERN

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Contact: Diane Pratt-Heavner
301-686-3075 Ext.
media@schoolnutrition.org

USDA RELEASES PROPOSED RULE ON MEAL PATTERN

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (January 13, 2011) – Today, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a proposed rule outlining the Department’s plan for updating the federal nutrition standards for meals served under the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs.   

The School Nutrition Association (SNA) welcomed the proposal and looks forward to fully reviewing the details and working with USDA to further improve school meals.  SNA, a partner of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign, represents school nutrition professionals who are providing healthier options in cafeterias, as well as food companies that are introducing more whole grain, low sodium and low fat foods. 

“School nutrition programs are constantly working to provide a greater variety of fresh produce, whole grains, low-fat dairy products and healthier entrees in school cafeterias,” said SNA President Nancy Rice, M.Ed., RD, LD, SNS.  “By raising the bar for school mealsnationwide, these proposed standards will promote healthier lifestyles for America’s schoolchildren.  SNA and its members look forward to working with USDA to find ways to help all schools stretch limited food service dollars to meet each new standard and to encourage students to make more nutritious choices.” 

School Nutrition Association’s 2010 Back to School Trends Survey found that, despite rising costs, schools nationwide are serving more fresh produce, whole grains and low-fat dairy products and are making strides in reducing added sodium and sugar in foods served in the lunch line.  To read school meal success stories from across the nation, visit www.TrayTalk.org 

The School Nutrition Association is a national, non-profit professional organization representing more than 53,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country.  The Association and its members are dedicated to feeding children safe and nutritious meals. Founded in 1946, SNA is the only association devoted exclusively to protecting and enhancing children’s health and well being through school meals and sound nutrition education. 

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