October 4, 2013

Despite Dire Predictions

1 Feds’ School Nutrition Program 80% in Place

The federally subsidized program to require school breakfasts and lunches to meet healthy nutritional standards had to overcome the opposition of school officials who complained about inconvenience and cost, conservative politicians who criticized it as nanny state intrusiveness, and school kids whose tastes ran to fast and junk food. Even so, a new Agriculture Department report indicates that the program is far more success than failure. Although a Pew survey found 91 percent of school officials citing such challenges as food expense and employee retraining, 80 percent of them also say that they have met the requirements, and of some 100,000 participating schools nationwide, only 524, or 0.5 percent, have dropped out of the program. The bottom line: kids are getting healthier meals.

More at News.yahoo.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Rachael Ray Lobbies for Better School Lunches

Tags: Healthy School Lunches, Federal School Lunch Program, Federal Nutrition Standards, Nutritional Requirements in School Meals, Student Nutrition

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More Shutdown Woes

2 Food Program for Poor in Jeopardy

The federal Special Supplemental Nutrition for Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC) provides infant formula vouchers to about 9 million moms and babies in need. Now, it’s in jeopardy due to the government shutdown but has enough funds to operate through October. If funds dry up, mothers will dilute formula to make it last, or give their babies water or milk, said the Rev. Douglas A. Greenaway, head of the National WIC Assn. Doctors warn against giving cow milk to babies under one because they can develop an iron deficiency. There is confusion about what services are available during the shutdown, but most WIC offices are open and operational. Some grocery stores refused to honor WIC vouchers, fearing they wouldn’t get paid, but officials emphasize that the program is still funded.

More at NBCnews.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Child Nutrition Bill Could Limit Bake Sales

Tags: Government Shutdown, Infant Formula, WIC, Special Supplemental Nutrition for Women, Infants and Children Program, Rev. Douglas A. Greenaway

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