**UPDATE: On Thursday, May 29, the House Appropriations Committee voted to allow schools to gut the new school meal standards! On a party line vote, the committee voted to put pizza manufacturers, French fry companies, and canned food makers, and other special interests ahead of kids’ health. **
Some members of Congress are playing politics with our children’s health: by attempting to gut nutrition standards through the appropriations process. They might say they just want to provide schools with a little more “flexibility,” but their changes would roll back standards on salt, whole grains, fruits/vegetables, and snacks. These are the same people who legislated that pizza is a vegetable (because it contains a little tomato sauce)!
Approximately ninety percent of schools now meet the updated nutrition standards for school lunch, helping millions of students get more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been responsive to challenges schools face in implementing the new lunch standards. Schools need support and technical assistance, not a free pass to serve junk to kids. Kids need nutrition standards based on science, not politics.