House panel advances bill on school lunch options

Friday, May 30, 2014

The House Appropriations Committee on Thursday passed an agriculture budget bill that included nearly $21 billion for child nutrition that would allow schools to opt out of White House nutritional guidelines passed in 2012. The vote was 31 to 18.

The Obama administration, hoping to combat rising childhood obesity, announced new rules in 2012 that added more fruits and green vegetables to school breakfasts and lunches; the rules also reduced the amount of salt and fat children consume at schools.

About 32 million children participate in school meal programs each day.

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