Congresswoman Claudia Tenney Co-Sponsors Bill to Bring Whole Milk Back to Schools
Washington, DC— Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (NY-22), cosponsored H.R. 5640, The Wholesome Healthy Original Lactic Excellence Making Intelligent Literate Kids or WHOLE MILK Act. The bill would amend the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act to allow schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program to serve unflavored whole milk. Rep. Tenney is also a cosponsor of identical legislation that will be offered as an amendment to the 2018 Farm Bill.
“After speaking with dairy farmers across the district, I learned how important it was for the stability of our farmers and economy to ensure whole milk was sold at schools. Under the Obama Administration, schools across the nation were only allowed to serve low-fat milk during lunch. This decision severely hurt the agriculture market in Upstate as farmers lost out on millions of pints of milk that were no longer able to be sold in schools. Studies have shown that kids who drink whole milk tend to have higher vitamin D levels than those who consume low-fat milk,” said Congresswoman Claudia Tenney. “This bill will ensure our growing children get the proper nutrition and will help our dairy farmers struggling with stagnant milk prices. We must ensure children have access to whole milk in schools and this bill will do just that."
Rep. Tenney has been a fierce advocate in Congress for our dairy farmers. She recently held two dairy listening sessions with local farmers and agricultural leaders in Upstate New York to hear directly about the hardships they face in the dairy industry. She is also a co-sponsor of the School Milk Nutrition Act which allows schools to offer low-fat (1%) milk to students rather than just fat-free.
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