Orange County Schools Director Lora Gilbert Dallas Independent School Director Dora Rivas West Virginia Department of Education Office of Child Nutrition Director Richard Goff Director of Letrsquos Move Sam Kass Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack join students to make a meal using the summer crop from the White House Kitchen Garden The directors are from districts that have been successful since the new standards were put in place by the Healthy HungerFree Kids Act

Orange County Schools Director Lora Gilbert, Dallas Independent School Director Dora Rivas, West Virginia Department of Education Office of Child Nutrition Director Richard Goff, Director of Let’s Move! Sam Kass, Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack join students to make a meal using the summer crop from the White House Kitchen Garden. The directors are from districts that have been successful since the new standards were put in place by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.

'What We Take Issue With and What We Shouldn't'

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.

Editor’s Note: This was written by a school foodservice director and CIA grad working in a rural district. The author wished to remain anonymous.

First, it needs to be clear that the USDA and others are stating facts that most schools are doing just fine, are still in the program, etc. Sure, that may be true. But the fact is that nationally we have lost participation of paid students. The only ones doing better are those that have gained in free or reduced meal status o

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