Child nutrition bill introduced in House

JUNE 11—The US House Education and Labor Committee has introduced the Improving Nutrition for America’s Children Act of 2010, a Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill that includes funds to make more healthful school meals.

The House’s bill is similar to the Senate’s Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, but it is expected to expand the Senate bill’s funds for child nutrition programs.

The House bill includes provisions such as assisting schools in meeting the Institute of Medicine’s recommendations for school meals by increasing the federal reimbursement rate for school lunch, granting the secretary of agriculture the authority to establish a national nutrition standard for all foods sold on the school campus throughout the school day, expanding direct certification for school meals to include children who are eligible for Medicaid and expanding universal meal service through community eligibility, a new option allowing high-poverty schools to offer free meals to all students without collecting paper applications.

The School Nutrition Association applauded the House bill. 

“The introduction of a strong House Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill is jumpstarting the effort to meet the nutritional needs of America’s school children, expanding the reach of school meals to those in need and providing vital funds to support school nutrition programs as they offer students more healthy options,” said Dora Rivas, SNA president and executive director of child nutrition services for the Dallas Independent School District.

“School nutrition programs are improving school meals despite limited budgets, complicated regulations and federal reimbursements that don’t meet the cost of preparing school meals,” Rivas added. “We applaud efforts by both the Senate and the House to provide school nutrition programs with additional resources to build on these successes.”

More From FoodService Director

Menu Development
pizza oven

Wood-fired ovens take the biggest slice of the pie when it comes to pizza-cooking preference for consumers. Just fewer than half (45%) of consumers say they prefer a pizza cooked in a wood-fired oven compared to other oven cooking methods. Here are the styles of ovens pizza consumers prefer most.

Wood-fired oven 45% Gas oven 13% Electric oven 11% Grilled 4% Coal oven 4% No preference 23%

Source: Technomic 2018 Pizza Consumer Trend Report , powered by Ignite

Photo courtesy of Thinkstock

Industry News & Opinion
polystyrene takeout

New York City will immediately start phasing out foodservice operations’ use of polystyrene takeout containers after a judge ruled on Friday against an operator coalition that had sued to overturn such a regulation, Mayor Bill de Blasio said over the weekend.

Unless the measure is blocked again on appeal, the city will commence a public education campaign to smooth the way for the change to other sorts of containers. Operators will be given a six-month grace period to find alternatives before they’ll be subject to sanctions.

The measure was scheduled to take effect last...

Managing Your Business
uber driver

The freelance, independent-contractor labor market known as the gig economy is distinguished by working short-term contracts, or gigs, such as driving for Uber, Lyft or Instacart.

The majority of the U.S. workforce will be freelancers by 2027, according to a study called “Freelancing in America: 2017,” conducted by Edelman Intelligence. The annual study, commissioned in partnership by the Freelancers Union and Upwork Global, estimates that 36% of the U.S. workforce consists of freelancers who contribute approximately $1.4 trillion annually—an increase of almost 30% over the...

Industry News & Opinion

Sturgeon Bay Schools in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., has partnered with a local farm to construct a school greenhouse , Green Bay Press Gazette reports.

Construction will begin soon, and the district says that the project is already 75% funded. Once the building is finished, students will be able to grow their own food at the greenhouse and then learn how to preserve it through canning and other methods.

“The greenhouse will provide students with the opportunity to grow food, sample food they have cultivated, design planting plans, tend seedlings, integrate real-life technology in...

FSD Resources

Code for Asynchronous jQuery Munchkin Tracking Code