Comment on Changes to The Federal School Meals Programs! (updated February, 26 2020)

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Comment on Changes to The Federal School Meals Programs!

As was previously highlighted, in January, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced newly proposed regulations to the National School Lunch (NSLP) and School Breakfast Programs (SBP). 

The good news is that USDA's proposal is aimed at providing school districts with more administrative and nutritional flexibilities around the federal school meals programs, and if passed, will increase local school systems' control of their SBP and NSLP. Specifically, USDA intends to accomplish this through a three-pronged strategy that would offer schools more time to comply with the programs' compliance requirements, relax the programs' nutritional provisions regarding fruits and vegetables, and modify the Smart Snack in Schools Rule, so that districts' can sell revenue-raising competitive foods for longer periods of time.

At a time when school districts are being asked to do more to improve their school meal delivery systems with fewer resources, this regulation takes the correct approach in moving the needle by improving local systems operation of the federal school meals programs. However, to get this regulation across the finish line, we'll need our membership to weigh-in and let USDA know that the proposed regulation has broad support from superintendents and other school system leaders. We urge you all to let your voices be heard by following the directions below to comment on the regulation.

  1. Copy this template and fill in the highlighted fields with the requested information.
  2. Click here, and then select "Upload files," 
  3. Fill out "First Name", "Last Name", and under category select "School district"
  4. Click "Continue"
  5. On the next page, please mark the box stating, "I read and understand the statement above."
  6. Click "Submit Comment"

Comments are due on or before March 23, 2020 at 11:59 pm ET. If you are pressed for time or need help submitting the comments, AASA staff can submit them on your behalf. To do this, please reach out to Chris Rogers directly at crogers@aasa.org


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