MCPSS: 100 Percent Compliant with Lunch Law

MCPSS: 100 Percent Compliant with Lunch Law

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MOBILE, Alabama - Officials with Mobile County Public Schools say they have been very successful in implementing new federal standards for school lunches.

Child Nutrition Program Director Suzanne Yates says MCPSS is one of few districts to be in 100 percent compliance with all of their schools.

“We watch the amount of calories and the amount of fat that we have in our meals. Most of our food is either baked or grilled. We have no more fryers in our cafeterias,” said Yates.

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act was signed into law in 2010, but will go into full effect later this year. House Republicans say for some school systems the mandate has been difficult to implement and too costly.

First Lady Michelle Obama is defending the law calling for it to remain unchanged.

“Parents have a right to expect their kids will get decent food in our schools and we all have a right to expect that our hard-earned taxpayer dollars won't be spent on junk food for our kids,” said Obama.

Yates admits that healthier food is more expensive, but says much of the cost is offset by the USDA. Mobile County Schools spend nearly $40 million a year on food services.


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