Richard Besser, MD, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), issued a comment in response to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) “Child Nutrition Programs: Flexibilities for Milk, Whole Grains, and Sodium Requirements” interim final rule.

“The implementation of the current school nutrition standards has been a remarkably successful endeavor. We applaud the school officials and food service personnel who have worked diligently on behalf of the students they serve, and stand with the parents and industry leaders who have been so supportive of these efforts. We urge USDA to use its rulemaking authority to maintain and strengthen, not weaken, the current standards—especially for the 22 million children who receive free and reduced-price meals.”

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