For Immediate Release
USDA Releases New and Improved School Meal Nutrition Criteria
Statement of CSPI Nutrition Policy Director Margo G. Wootan
WASHINGTON - I applaud USDA for proposing to bring school meal standards into the
21st century. The new standards represent an enormous improvement over
the status quo. Capping calories, limiting French fries, and reducing
salt will all help America's school children avoid unnecessary weight
gain and diet-related diseases. And requiring school lunches to provide more whole grains, fruits, and vegetables will teach kids healthy eating habits that may last a lifetime.
In addition, the recently passed child nutrition
reauthorization law will provide schools with more advice, model menus,
healthy recipes, and funding to implement these rules once they're
finalized and adopted.
This is the world we live in. This is the world we cover.
Because of people like you, another world is possible. There are many battles to be won, but we will battle them together—all of us. Common Dreams is not your normal news site. We don't survive on clicks. We don't want advertising dollars. We want the world to be a better place. But we can't do it alone. It doesn't work that way. We need you. If you can help today—because every gift of every size matters—please do. Without Your Support We Won't Exist.