National Press Club

USDA School Rules Make No Sense

USDA School Rules Make No Sense

October 5, 2011 12:00 PM

Location: Lisagor Room

With the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) finalizing new school meal regulations by the end of the year, school nutrition advocate Dayle Hayes, MS, RD, will present the results of a national survey of 245 district school food service directors on the unintended impacts of the proposed regulations. The national school food service director survey will cover:
• Nutritional implications
• Economic implications
• Misalignment with current dietary guidance

USDA’s proposed regulations will establish serving limits on certain popular vegetables. School foodservice professionals are concerned that the mandates in the proposed rule will have the unintended consequence of further taxing cash-strapped school districts, reducing participation in school breakfast and lunch programs, increasing plate waste, and disrupting their efforts to continue improvements in school meals.

The event will feature a “Voices from Our Nation’s Cafeterias” panel discussion. Panelists include:
• Dennis Barrett, Los Angeles Unified School District
• Karen Castenada, Lower Merion (Penn.) School District
• Doris Demers, York/Kittery (Maine) Schools
• Becky Domokos-Bays, Alexandria (Va.) City Public Schools
• Leo Lesh, Denver Public Schools (retired)

The event is co-hosted by Congressional leaders Sen. Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine), Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.), Rep. Collin C. Peterson (D-Minn.) and Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-Ohio); and the National Potato Council.

Lunch begins promptly at 12:00 p.m. Remarks and panel discussion begin at 12:15 p.m., followed by a media question-and-answer session.

This event is open to members of the media. To RSVP, please contact Mark Szymanski at 202.682.9456 or

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Mark Szymanski