Congress could revert school lunch changes for some schools

(WBIR-Clinton) After recent changes to school lunches to makes meals healthier, a proposal from House Republicans could revert some of those recent moves for certain districts.

"Congress passed the 'Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act,' and most of that legislation did not actually begin until two years ago," Margaret Burrell, the nutrition program director at Anderson County Schools said Tuesday.

She said in the last two years, breakfast and lunches at all Anderson County schools had at least 50-percent whole grains. Next school year, all foods would be 100-percent whole grains. The act, endorsed by First Lady Michelle Obama, also controlled calories, sodium, and limited saturated fats to 10-percent or less.

The moves meant some big decisions from both the schools and the cooks that supply the food.

"A lot of vendors had had a difficult time in coming up with products that not only meet those current regulations but that the children also eat," Burrell added.

The bill from the House, sponsored by members of the GOP, is expected to be heard this week. A similar Senate bill is also in the works, the Associated Press is reporting.

The measure would only affect schools and districts that experience a loss in money due to these more expensive, healthier options, over a six-month period.

"We brought these points up a year ago, two years ago and there wasn't enough dialogue," Burrell added.

For Anderson County, their school menu is set for next year, but Burrell doesn't know if she'll have to change the menu again.

"We want to give them good food, we don't want them to overeat, and we don't want them to waste it."


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