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USDA to Relax School Meal Mandates

The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture has signed a proclamation to restore local control in school lunch programs in the whole grains, sodium, and milk guidelines.

Schools are finding that many kids throw these foods away. While the schools may be compliant with the menu, the reality is the food is wasted. There has also been a decrease in student participation in school lunches. This reduces revenue and increased costs.

Giving back local control allows states and schools  flexibility and more appealing meals for students.

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About Karen Blakeslee

The Rapid Response Center was formed in 1995 as a resource for Kansas State University Research & Extension Agents. Resource topics included Food Science, Human Nutrition, Food Service, Textiles, Home Care and other consumer topics. Since that time, the Center has grown to be of valuable assistance to Kansas State University Extension Specialists in those areas.

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