USDA, School Nutrition Association say reform needed to school lunch rules

The new rules would require schools to serve more whole grain-rich foods, fruits and veggies and to cut down on sugar, sodium and fat.

WASHINGTON—Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and the School Nutrition Association (SNA) both struck conciliatory notes Wednesday and told reporters they would be willing to accept compromises beyond the school lunch guideline changes proposed by House Republicans.

A spending bill approved by the House Appropriations subcommittee on agriculture but set to be voted on by the full committee this morning would grant one-year waivers to school nutrition programs operating at a financial loss after the implementation of new school lunch guidelines.

The new rules require schools to serve more whole grain-rich foods, fruits and vegetables and cut down on sugar, sodium and fat.