'Sad to See Feeding Kids Such a Politically Charged Issue'

'Sad to See Feeding Kids Such a Politically Charged Issue'

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.

We are a district of 8,500 students in Washington state. Before the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act, we had a statewide sodium requirement; we were offering all-you-care-to-take salad bars at all grade levels; we were serving brown rice, whole grain bread, whole grain pasta, whole grain pizza crust, whole grain breading on all breaded products; and our snack bars served baked chips and whole grain cookies. We were covering all department costs, including $800,000 in staff salaries and benefi

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