USDA allows meat increase in schools

By Line Elise Svanevik

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USDA allows increase of lean meat in schools
USDA allows increase of lean meat in schools

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The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that US schools will now be allowed to serve larger portions of lean meat at mealtimes, due to public feedback.

The announcement was made by the agriculture undersecretary for food, nutrition and consumer services Kevin Concannon.

He said: “Earlier this school year, USDA made a commitment to school nutrition professionals that we would make the meat and grain flexibility permanent and provide needed stability for long-term planning. We have delivered on that promise.”

The USDA introduced the new change after spending some time working with schools and parents to introduce healthier breakfasts, lunches and snacks.

One of the top priorities for the Obama Administration is to combat hunger and obesity and improve the nation’s health and nutrition, which is why school meals are being revised by the government.

In December, USDA awarded $11m in grants to schools to help them buy necessary equipment to provide their students with healthier meals.

It is constantly attempting to find new ways to provide schools with meals that are both nutritious and healthy and, in November last year, it issued $5m through the Farm to School grant program.

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