Let’s keep potatoes in schools

Posted on May 18, 2011 by


The potato industry launched a new website, PotatoesInSchools.com, to inform school foodservice providers, nutrition opinion leaders, consumers, and potato industry stakeholders of the issues surrounding the proposed changes to the School Breakfast Program and the National School Lunch Program by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The proposed changes significantly limit the amount of starchy vegetables, including potatoes, which can be served in school lunches and eliminates them in the school breakfast program.

PotatoesInSchools.com is designed to be the key resource for information supporting the potato industry’s position that there is no need to, or value in, limiting starchy vegetables in school meal plans.

Increasing awareness of this issue and garnering the support of the school foodservice community is paramount. We urge the entire potato industry to contact local school districts and media to urge them to comment on the proposed changes, which could increase costs, reduce school choice, limit vegetables that kids enjoy eating, and reduce nutrient delivery. All outreach to USDA will make a difference. Kids who eat school meals and the hard-working school foodservice providers who provide those economical and nutritious meals deserve to have the school meal plans done right.

I think the USDA is out of touch with reality. Prepackaged hash browns are a staple in breakfasts and they are more tasty than powdered eggs. Having a potato type product is better at breakfast or lunch as long as students don’t put unhealthy toppings on it.

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