Legislation introduced allowing whole milk in school meals

Legislation sponsored by Reps. Glenn Thompson (R-PA) and Collin Peterson (D-MN), chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, would allow whole milk in school nutrition programs.

The Whole Milk for Healthy Kids Act of 2019 (H.R. 832) has eight other co-sponsors, including Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX), ranking Republican on the House Agriculture Committee. Adding whole milk to school menus reflects research showing that such products benefit children and gives school administrators one more tool with which to develop healthy eating habits.

“Whole milk provides yet another way for children to receive dairy’s nutritional benefits as part of a healthy eating pattern,” said Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation. “This bill encourages the proper nutrition they need to lead healthy lives.”

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  1. I am absolutely in favor of serving kids whole milk with their lunches.

    The fact that this the federal government is the one controlling this question indicates how far out of whack the public education system is. Are people at the state level incapable of making this determination for students in your state? What about at the local school system level? Are teachers, administrators, and the school board competent to make this decision for students in your county or town?

    I know some will argue that the federal government is interested because they are the ones paying for it. Really? Don’t people realize that the only money government has is from our taxes: federal, state, or local?

  2. Studies have shown children who drink whole or 2% milk have a lower rates of childhood obesity. Let’s bring back milk that is more filling and eliminate the sugary breakfasts being served in our schools.

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