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Food Policy Action Statement on House Republicans Proposal to Roll Back School Meal Standards

Food Policy Action Statement on House Republicans Proposal to Roll Back School Meal Standards

By | June 17th, 2015 | FPA Blogs & News, Press Releases - Food Policy Action |


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday June 17, 2015 Contact: Claire Benjamin (202) 631-6362 claire@foodpolicyaction.org Food Policy Action released the following statement after Rep. Robert Aderholt, Chairman of the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, released a proposal to further delay the implementation of the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act today: “Chairman Aderholt’s proposal is just the…


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday June 17, 2015 Contact: Claire Benjamin (202) 631-6362 claire@foodpolicyaction.org Food Policy Action released the...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday June 17, 2015

Contact: Claire Benjamin
(202) 631-6362
claire@foodpolicyaction.org

Food Policy Action released the following statement after Rep. Robert Aderholt, Chairman of the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, released a proposal to further delay the implementation of the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act today:

Chairman Aderholt’s proposal is just the latest attempt to gut the 2010 Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act and undo any progress we’ve made to improve the eating habits and health of school age children.” said Claire Benjamin, Executive Director of Food Policy Action. “This country is facing a health and obesity crisis, and unfortunately the most recent attempt to increase sodium and decrease whole grains in school meals is disappointing, but not surprising. The truth is 95% of schools are in compliance with the meal standards and it’s time for Congress to stop the delay tactics.

The House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee is scheduled to consider its annual funding bill later this week. The bill released today includes several policy waivers that would weaken school meal program rules passed under the 2010 Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, including waivers for the whole grain requirements and reductions in sodium.

Food Policy Action was established in 2012 through a collaboration of national food policy leaders, including Tom Collichio, Wayne Pacelle and Ken Cook, to hold legislators accountable on votes that have an effect on food and farming.

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