Child Nutrition Hearing This Week

A Senate hearing will be held this week on reauthorization of the child nutrition programs, including the school lunch program. Senate Ag Chair Debbie Stabenow announced the hearing will be set for Thursday Morning. Stabenow has defended the school meal rules under the 2010 Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act.

The House Appropriations Committee version of the fiscal year 2015 appropriations bill includes a provision for schools that claim they lost money on their meals programs for six months. It would require the Agriculture Department to grant a one-year waiver from the healthier meals The Senate Appropriations Committee contains a softer provision, allowing more flexibility.

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