We were inundated with letters responding to Eric Stoessel’s editorial last month asking school foodservice directors for their opinions on the increasingly public and political debate between the USDA and SNA on the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. He wondered what the people in the trenches really thought about the tougher requirements coming this year.
We are a small rural school. While I support the fruit and vegetable requirements and even the whole grain requirements in our lunch program, I am hugely opposed to the some of the new smart snack regulations. We help fund our foodservice program with a la carte sales.
I totally support SNA's stand on food items served as part of a reimbursable meal being allowed on a la carte. I understand USDA is allowing same day and day after sales of entrée items, but we have tried to give a small variety of offerings each day in a la carte entrees. These new requirements are going to really affect my bottom line. Having SNA as our voice in these matters is critical. Also thank you for bringing these issues to the forefront in the news.
Food Service Director
Oxford K-12 Schools