- Moving the threshold for community eligibility from 40% to 60%: the impact and the burden of more paperwork on parents, teachers, and school nutrition administrators will divert attention away from serving healthy meals to children, resulting in fewer children having access to healthy meals.
- Instituting a block grant pilot for school meals programs: Block grants do not respond to increased need during economic downturns, do not keep up with rising costs of food and supplies, do not require science-based nutrition standards for children, and allow states to divert federal funds from the intended program goals.
- Eliminating evidence-based nutrition standards for children's meals which are working in 98% of schools.
- Eliminating the word "fresh" from the fresh fruit and vegetable program: This small change could draw attention away from what should be the focus of this successful program. Introducing students to the world of produce, such as eating an apple for the first time, is an experience proven to build lifelong healthy eating habits.
Thanks MaryAnn, we are lucky to have you on our team!