One organization plans to keep your kids' health top priority

One organization plans to keep your kids' health top priority

It's one thing Hannibal School District business manager Rich Stilley is proud about within the school district.

He said to have a healthy menu is new for some students.

"The fruits, the vegetables,” Stilley explained. “There were things in some homes they weren't used to getting."

In fact, he says 58% of kids in the community who are on free and reduced lunch now have this opportunity.

"These might be the only two meals that some of these kids get every day," Stilley mentioned.

The School Nutrition Association wants to make sure these healthy eating habits stay or are even made better.

Diane Pratt-Heavner is the spokesperson for the group.

She pointed out the organization wants Congress to not block grants which would support the farm bill.

This is legislation meant to provide breakfast programs to schools nationwide.

"Block grants typically, severely cut funding for programs so we want to make sure that school meals continue to be well-funded so kids have access to nutrition that they need to focus on their studies," Heavner said.

She explained they have the same idea as the former first lady.

"School nutrition association shares Michelle Obama's commitment to making sure kids have access to healthy meals," Pratt-Heavner said.

The only difference is they now want to maintain the target 1 sodium reduction that took effect in 2014.

Also, restore the 2012 requirement which half of grains offered with school meals be whole grain rich.

Stilley mentioned they still enjoy their pizza and tacos but with the healthy sides to match.

"It's just more with nutritious ingredients," Stilley explained.
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