Top Level USDA Reps Showing Up in US Lunchrooms

Last Monday a top United States Department of Agriculture representative showed up at a school in Richmond, Virginia to arbitrate bake sales and tater tots.   Kevin Concannon, Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, sat down with kids at Miles Jones Elementary to watch the little ones "dance, workout and eat fruit cups." The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently unveiled new rules that require pupils be offered fruits and vegetables every day, as well as more whole grains and less fat. The new federal guidelines are the first major change to school lunch menus in 15 years, Concannon says. Does this mean this [sic] goodbye to tater tots? We're not saying goodbye, Concannon says, but we're saying let's make it occasional food. What about bake sales? You can have an occasional bake sale. Occasionally. Susan Roberson director of school nutrition for Richmond Public Schools is happily going along with the push toward more oversight. She's ready to meet the...(Read Full Post)