Officials urging for changes to school lunch

April month is nutrition awareness month and there could be a few changes in your childs' school meals.

Child nutrition directors from around the nation met in Washington D.C. to discuss the dietary needs of student.

The first item on the agenda adding 6 cents on the Farm Bill.

"If we get that additional 6 cent it will help students it will help farmers and it will help us provide more fresh fruits and vegetables," said Stephanie Dillard.

They are also asking congress to deny schools from using block grants 

"If a block grant would take place it would eliminate breakfast it would eliminate dinner," said Stephanie Dillard.

Currently there are between 100 to 150 students utilizing the after school dinner program which is a new initiative that began in 2016.

"Will we have a lot of athletes so this is a great program for them to come and participate it before they go to their ball practice," said Stephanie Dillard. "Parents don't get off until late and do not have the time and some parents don't have the means to provide healthy nutritious meals at home."

Also several school districts are looking to changing their specific guidelines by adjusting the amount of sodium in each meal-- and adding white grains into students diet.

"Just because grits are a staple item for us in the South," said Stephanie Dillard. "We cannot serve gritts right now because they don't meet our regulations. We want to be able to give our students the same thing they have and see at home."

It is unclear at this time if congress has approved or denied any of these items; however, nutrition directors have spoken.

 

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