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GMA Statement Regarding House Education and Labor Committee Hearing on Child Nutrition Reauthorization

GMA Press Contact

Roger Lowe / Brian Kennedy

office: 202-295-3954 / 202-639-5994

WASHINGTON, DC - The Grocery Manufacturers Association today issued the following statement by GMA President and CEO Pamela G. Bailey regarding the U.S. House of Representative’s Education and Labor Committee hearing on the Improving Nutrition for America’s Children Act, a bill to reauthorize child nutrition legislation:

“The Grocery Manufacturers Association strongly supports efforts to feed many more children through school lunch and breakfast programs and to increase the number of healthy choices in the cafeteria. We share Chairman Miller's priorities for a stronger Child Nutrition Act, including increased access to the school meals programs, science-based standards for foods sold in schools, and more healthy foods available in the cafeteria.

“In particular, we believe that Congress should give USDA clear authority to set science-based standards for foods sold in schools during the school day. The school environment is a special environment, and USDA should be given the power to establish nutrition standards for competitive foods. We believe that the school cafeteria line can be on the front lines of feeding children while ending childhood obesity within a generation. We are committed to working with Congress to enact strong Child Nutrition legislation this year.”