by Claud Mann
After working with The White House to help pass the 2010 Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act, the SNA is now actively lobbying to gut the requirements specified in the act. Specifically, SNA would let schools opt out of the new fruit and vegetable requirements, roll back the whole grain requirement, rescind stricter sodium limits set to begin in 2017, and allow non-nutritive foods to be served alongside school meals.
There is no question that School Food Service Workers need an advocate in their corner for support during this crucial transitional period. Perhaps the real question is: are the 55,000-school food service professionals currently represented by the SNA the organization’s only stakeholders? Are America’s schoolchildren and families stakeholders as well?
In her Food Politics blog, Marion Nestle has been following the ongoing saga and offers her own reasoned perspective.
Claud Mann is a Chef Instructor for the Orfalea Foundation School Food Initiative.