State Ag Leaders Want School Lunch Changes

U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary of Food, Nutrition, and Consumer services Janey Thornton, stopped by Taylor Elementary in Cedar Rapids, Wednesday. The reason for the visit was to confirm that Iowa schools will share $340,000.00 to make school lunches healthier. Photographed by Mark Benischek October 12, 2011. (Mark Benischek/SourceMedia Group News)

Tools

By Kara Kelly

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture is calling on the federal government to revise new standards for school meals.

North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring introduced the policy statement that was approved by the group during its annual meeting in Des Moines, Iowa, this week. It says the new standards are well-intentioned but won't solve the problem of childhood obesity.

The standards approved by the federal Agriculture Department earlier this year set limits on calories and require schools to offer at least one vegetable or fruit per meal. Critics say the lunches are too light for some active teens and leave them hungry.

Goehring says children from low-income families might be affected most by the new standards because school lunches might be the most nutritious meals they get.

Conversation Guidelines

Be Kind

Don't use abusive, offensive, threatening, racist, vulgar or sexually-oriented language.
Don't attack someone personally. Keep it civil and be responsible.

Share Knowledge

Be truthful. Share what you know and what you are passionate about.
What more do you want to learn? Keep it simple.

Stay focused

Promote lively and healthy debate. Stay on topic. Ask questions and give feedback on the story's topic.

Report Trouble

Help us maintain a quality comment section by reporting comments that are offensive. If you see a comment that is offensive, or you feel violates our guidelines, simply click on the "x" to the far right of the comment to report it.


read the full guidelines here »

Commenting will be disabled on stories dealing with the following subject matter: Crime, sexual abuse, property fires, automobile accidents, Amber Alerts, Operation Quickfinds and suicides.

facebook twitter rss mobile google plus
email alerts you tube hooplanow pinterest instagram

What's On KCRG