Academy Urges Administration Not Roll Back School Meal Standards

08/02/2017 - In a July 31 White House meeting with the Office of Management and Budget, the Academy joined organizations from the National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity and from industry in detailing the economic and health costs associated with a relaxation in school meals standards. These costs — associated with the Trump administration's proposal to eliminate or postpone requirements that schools serve 100-percent whole-grain rich products; disallow sugary, flavored, 1-percent milk; and lower the sodium content of school meals — are significant and must be accurately assessed before the interim final rule is finalized. The Academy has been at the forefront of these issues during previous debates and negotiations on child nutrition reauthorization, with constant input from member leaders and dietetic practice groups, and continues to support school nutrition directors who lead in planning and serving children nutritious school meals.