USDA Making National School Lunch Program Flexibility for Meat and Grain Permanent

The current flexibility allowing schools to serve larger portions of lean protein and whole grains at mealtime will be made permanent according to USDA Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon. He says USDA made the commitment to provide needed stability for long-term planning by making the flexibility permanent earlier this school year. This additional flexibility - given in response to public feedback on the updates to school meal standards made by USDA - has been available on a temporary basis since 2012. USDA has worked closely with schools and parents during the transition to healthier breakfasts, lunches and snack - and data show the vast majority of schools around the country are successfully meeting the new meal standards.

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