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USDA pushes school lunch changes

Over the past few months healthier school food rules have come under attack by legislators who claim that they are too burdensome on districts and that kids simply don’t like the food they prescribe. Some lawmakers have even moved to roll back the rules or give schools waivers to delay implementation. Last week, supporters of the healthier rules got some ammunition in the form of a University of Illinois at Chicago study that indicated general acceptance of the new food by students. And last month WBEZ broke the story that all meals in Chicago Public Schools would be free this year. So what does this mean for Chicago kids and students across the country who will be starting up school again in coming weeks? Kevin Concannon is Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services at the USDA, Leslie Fowler is Director of Nutrition Support Services at Chicago Public Schools and Mark Bishop is Vice president of policy at the Healthy Schools Campaign. We learn more about the details of school lunches from this panel.

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