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Nutrition Group Lobbies Against Healthier School Meals

Nutrition Group Lobbies Against Healthier School Meals

As schools began to take unhealthy foods off their shelves and restock them with healthier ones, organizations such as the School Nutrition Association celebrated their success. 

The organization, which had long pushed for these changes, is now lobbying for schools to opt out of the program, according to The New York Times. Members of the School Nutrition Organization said the rules going into effect are "overly prescriptive" and too costly for certain schools.

"The School Nutrition Association says it still supports healthier options for schoolchildren whose lunches are subsidized, but a major problem...is that children are simply throwing away the fruits and vegetables," the article said. "The waste amounts to $684 million each year, said Diane Pratt-Heavner, a spokeswoman for the group. That money, she said, 'is enough to serve complete reimbursable school lunches to more than 228 million students.'"

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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