The bill that improves school lunch, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, was signed into law by President Obama late last year. The USDA has written a "proposed rule," which means a proposed set of regulations that would serve as the rules by which schools and food operators must operate. April 13, 2011 is the deadline to submit public comments on the proposed rule to the USDA.
Members of Congress are gathering their constituents' opinions on the proposed rule, which, in short, would: increase fruits and vegetables in meals, lower sodium significantly over time, and lower saturated fat in meals over time. Congress is also interested in constituents' opinions on regulating the type of parent-school communication that would help protect allergic children, especially those at risk for severe reactions from such foods.
If you have comments, call your Member of Congress. Your opinion matters and picking up the phone, no matter what your opinion, calls attention to this important matter.