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House passes bipartisan push to expand school milk options

The U.S. House passed the Whole Milk for Healthy Kids Act, a bipartisan bill allowing whole milk and 2% milk to return to school cafeteria menus as part of the National School Lunch Program, in a 330-99 vote Wednesday.

If approved by the Senate, H.R. 1147 would reverse 2010 legislation that restricted schools to serving fat-free or 1% milk.

Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-North Carolina, chair of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, said in a statement that passing the law “would be a critical step towards empowering parents and securing our children’s well-being.” Not doing so, she said, would prevent children from getting important nutrients and “threatens to inhibit their development.”

Published Dec. 14, 2023

Naaz Modan



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