The May issue of Fairfax Voter features an article describing the changes that have recently been made in the school cafeterias in Fairfax County. Some of the questions that are mentioned in this newsletter of the League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area were also raised in an Associated Press report featured on WTOP today.
“Some schools say the changes have been expensive and difficult to put in place, and school officials are asking Congress and the Agriculture Department to roll back some of the requirements,” according to Mary Clare Jalonick. “Their main concerns: finding enough whole grain-rich foods that kids like, lowering sodium levels and keeping fruits and vegetables from ending up in the trash.”
In addition to meeting the new U.S. Department of Agriculture requirements for school meals, Fairfax County Public Schools has studied and implemented several other changes and plans are underway for further improvements. An update on these plans is included in the agenda for a school board work session May 12 at 11 a.m.
If you would like to join in one of the group discussions sponsored by the League, check out the 10 meeting locations listed on page 7 of the Voter. The meeting dates are May 8, May 12, May 13, and May 14.