'All We Are Asking Is to Slow Down a Bit'

We were inundated with letters responding to Eric Stoessel’s editorial last month asking school foodservice directors for their opinions on the increasingly public and political debate between the USDA and SNA on the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. He wondered what the people in the trenches really thought about the tougher requirements coming this year.

As a director of a small system of 3,100 students in eastern North Carolina, I am finding it very difficult to meet the standards that seem to change with the wind.  I do not have a problem with the intent of the law of wanting children to eat healthy items, but to force them to take food that they are just going to throw away isn’t teaching anyone anything. We allow our students to have all the vegetables they want. We offer fresh tossed salad, baby carrots and at least two other hot veg

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