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Media Advisory No. 5018.12
Contact: Office of Communications
USDA to Host Media Conference Call to Unveil Historic Improvements to Meals Served in America’s Schools
New Standards Will Improve the Health and Wellbeing of 32 Million Kids Nationwide
WASHINGTON, January 24, 2012 – TOMORROW, USDA Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon and Assistant White House Chef Sam Kass will host a national media conference call to highlight the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) new and improved nutrition standards for school lunches.
An important accomplishment of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act that President Obama signed into law last year, USDA is making the first major changes in school meals in over 15 years, and doing so in a way that’s achievable for schools across the nation. The new standards make the same kinds of changes that many parents are already encouraging at home, including ensuring kids are offered fruits and vegetables every day of the week, substantially increasing offerings of whole grain-rich foods, offering only fat-free or low-fat milk varieties and making sure kids are getting proper portion sizes.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
WHAT: Kevin Concannon, USDA Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services and Assistant White House Chef Sam Kass will host a national media conference call to highlight the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) new and improved nutrition standards for school lunches.
DETAILS: Call in: 800-857-5233
Passcode: USDA (Given verbally)
All callers using the above passcode will be placed in listen-only mode. To ask a question during the Q&A portion of the meeting, callers are instructed to press *0 on their touch tone phone.
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