U-S Agriculture Dept. Easing New School Lunch Rules
In response to several complaints over new school lunch ruled the U-S Agriculture Department will allow more grains and meat in student meals.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told members of Congress in a letter Friday that the department will do away with daily and weekly limits of meats and grains. Several lawmakers wrote the department after the new rules went into effect in September, saying kids aren't getting enough to eat.
School Administrators also complained, saying set maximums on grains and meats are too limiting as they try to plan daily meals.
The new guidelines were intended to address the growing rate of childhood obesity levels. The revised rules set limits on calories and salt, and phased in more whole grains. Schools must offer at least one vegetable or fruit per meal. The department also dictated how much of certain food groups could be served.
While nutritionists and some parents have praised the new school lunch standards, others, including many conservative lawmakers, refer to them as government overreach. Yet many of those same lawmakers also have complained about hearing from constituents who say their kids are hungry at school.