Proposed bill repeals calorie caps on school lunches

September 26, 2012

According to The Hill, U.S. Congressman Steve King (R-Iowa) has introduced legislation that would repeal a U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) rule that puts a cap on the number of calories in school lunches served to children. King’s No Hungry Kids Act, H.R. 6418, would eliminate new USDA guidelines that say children in kindergarten through fifth grade can be served meals containing up to 650 calories, while meals for sixth through eighth graders can have 700 calories, and meals for those in high school can have 850 calories.

“For the first time in history, the USDA has set a calorie limit on school lunches,” said King, in a press release. “The goal of the school lunch program was—and is—to ensure students receive enough nutrition to be healthy and to learn. The misguided nanny state, as advanced by Michelle Obama’s ‘Healthy and Hunger Free Kids Act,’ was interpreted by Secretary Vilsack to be a directive that, because some kids are overweight, he would put every child on a diet. Parents know that their kids deserve all of the healthy and nutritious food they want.”

The USDA announced the new policy earlier this year, and was set to start phasing it in during the current school year.

The Hill article

King’s press release