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Noem introduces new school lunch bill

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Students, parents, school cooks, and nutritionists have reached out to her.

"We all want our kids to be healthy, but letting Washington tell schools and South Dakota what's best for their students is unacceptable," said Rep. Kristi Noem.

Rep. Noem believes the current bill is far too limiting, saying the current allotment of two ounces a meat a day per student, which is the equivalent of three chicken nuggets, isn't helping our youth.

"They put very strict limits on schools and the amount of meats and grains schools can serve students," said Noem.

That's why she believes her new bill, which would eliminate calorie caps on meats and grains, is essential for kids.

"It gives local schools the flexibility that they need to make sure the kids they see coming through the lunch line everyday are getting the food they need to be healthy and to be full," said Noem.

A new Farm Bill would also help with the food that's placed on kids' lunch trays. Rep. Noem says progress was made on the Farm Bill on Wednesday. She's cautiously optimistic that an agreement will be in place by the end of next week.

 

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