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***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Committee to Examine Consequences of Federal School Meal Regulations

On Thursday, June 27 at 10:00 a.m., the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, chaired by Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN), will hold a hearing entitled, “School Meal Regulations: Discussing the Costs and Consequences for Schools and Students.” The hearing will take place in room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building. 

In 2010 Congress approved a massive expansion of federal child nutrition programs. The law layered new requirements on schools participating in federal lunch and breakfast programs. As a result, costly federal regulations now dictate the type and amount of food schools can and cannot serve students. Parents and school leaders report these strict rules and mandates have led to increased cafeteria waste and hungrier students, and could result in a decline in meal program participation.

Thursday’s hearing will provide members an opportunity to discuss the effect of federal school meal regulations on schools’ ability to provide healthy and affordable meals to students. To learn more about the hearing, visit http://edworkforce.house.gov/hearings.

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