Food Policy Issues Part of House FY 2015 Spending Debate
School nutrition issues will surface this week as the Fiscal Year 2015 Agriculture appropriations bill (HR 4800) could be on the floor as early as Thursday. The spending bill includes a provision that would allow schools that can show financial hardship to delay compliance with USDA's new meal standards. The White House continues to push back on Republican efforts to roll back the standards. Education Secretary Arne Duncan today will host 10 teams of student cooks who are competing in a national competition to see which ones can come up with tasty, low-cost, nutritious meals. Duncan will be joined by Sam Kass, the executive director of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign, to push Congress to preserve the USDA standards. Meanwhile, the Senate Agriculture Committee on Thursday will hold its first hearing on reauthorizing the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.