Senate panel approves bill to make school lunches tastier

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A student at Eastside Elementary School in Clinton, Miss., holds a school lunch served under federal standards, consisting of a flatbread roast beef sandwich, apple sauce, chocolate milk and a cookie. AP Photo

By Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press

WASHINGTON >> School meals could become a bit tastier under legislation approved by a Senate committee.

The Senate Agriculture Committee approved a bill Wednesday designed to help schools that say the Obama administration’s healthier school meal rules are too restrictive.

Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts of Kansas and Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan introduced the bill after reaching an agreement to ease requirements for whole grains and delay an upcoming deadline to cut sodium levels. Stabenow is the panel’s top Democrat.

School lunch directors that have lobbied against the standards endorsed the agreement, saying it would help them plan meals that are more appealing to students. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has also backed the compromise, saying it maintains most of the healthier school meal rules.

The bill was approved by voice vote.

Categories: Food, Healthy Eating, Schools

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  1. In my high school there was a program called cooks training, The classroom was the school cafeteria. We would prep all morning for lunch while learning cooking techniques and recipes. During lunch, we served the food to the rest of the school. Best program I have ever taken and the food was healthy homemade and best part the program was the equivalent of first of a four year culinary arts. I think more schools should adopt this program!

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