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What’s for lunch?

January 20, 2011
On December 3rd Congress passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.  In short, it was the most sweeping change to the National School Lunch program since its inception.  The changes include reimbursable adjustments, qualification changes for families receiving free or reduced price lunches, and new nutritional standards.  The measure was closely monitored by First Lady Michelle Obama, who has pushed for new nutritional standards as part of her focus on reducing childhood obesity.
The reaction to these has been mixed.  Many see the changes as “unfunded mandates” while others see them as necessary to modernizing school lunch programs across the country.  The bottom line for Saline is that we need to comply.  Those of you who have heard my Bond Extension presentation know we are prepared to make sure our kitchens – and ultimately our meals – meet these new requirements.
We have made providing healthy school lunch options a priority.  Now, we need to take it to the next level.
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