Faso Urges Secretary Perdue to Expand Milk Options for Schoolchildren

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Washington, D.C., May 1, 2017 | comments

Washington, D.C. – Congressman John Faso (R-Kinderhook) recently sent a letter to the Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) newly confirmed Secretary Sonny Perdue along with 12 colleagues urging the department to change guidelines to the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) which prohibit schools from offering whole and flavored milk products. Today Secretary Perdue signed a proclamation directing the USDA to provide schools with regulatory flexibility to offer one percent flavored milk products.   

“Consuming milk, including flavored milk, is part of a well-balanced diet,” said Congressman Faso. “The previous Administration promulgated rules prohibiting schools from offering whole and flavored milk products if they were participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). Not only is this unfair and arbitrary mandate deterring schools from providing healthy lunch options, it’s also negatively impacting our dairy industry with lower milk prices since the inception of the NSLP. I’m encouraged by Secretary Perdue’s swift action changing the guidelines to encourage more choice for our parents and schoolchildren and help for our struggling dairy farms.”

To read the letter click here.


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