Bill proposed would change nutrition guidelines on school lunches

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – A bill was proposed by four Arkansas House members that would permanentlylift the cap on proteins and grains put into place by the USDA.

Congressman Rick Crawford and three otherArkansas House members--Tim Griffin, Steve Womack and Tom Cotton-- areintroducing legislation to alter the National School Lunch Program and SchoolBreakfast Program.

This new measure is called the "SensibleSchool Lunch Act. In October, 2012 Congessman Rick Crawford held a school lunchroundtable discussion right here in Jonesboro. From the feedback he got at thatmeeting, helped launch this new proposal.

Crawford told Region 8 News Tuesday the legislationit proposes "flexibility" in meeting nutritional guidelines.

"Just as an example, there's a 13-year-old8th grader that can't eat any more protein than a 5-year-oldKindergartner.  That just doesn't makeany sense.  Then you have the same thingyou have an active high school senior playing football would get no moreprotein or grain than a less active 14-year-old ninth grader", said Crawford ina phone interview.

Congressman Crawford alsosaid he believes the bill would apply some common sense to the current program.

The House bill is acompanion to bipartisan legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate by SenatorsJohn Hoeven and Mark Pryor.

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