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NCISD Child Nutrition Director goes to Washington D.C. to improve school lunch guidelines

 

NCISD Child Nutrition Director goes to Washington D.C. to improve school lunch guidelines

 

NCISD Child Nutrition Director Debbie Needham with Senator Ted Cruz and staff. June 6, 2017 | Effective Communicators | New Caney ISD Child Nutrition Director Debbie Needham recently traveled to Washington, D.C. to try to change food guidelines for students to make school lunches taste better.

 

Needham, along with many other professionals from the Child Nutrition industry from across the state, visited members of Congress to explain how current child nutrition guidelines were affecting the taste and the sales of food to students.  
 

Over the past few years, many districts have suffered a loss in revenue and participation due to the regulations surrounding sodium, whole grain and the mandates of fruits/vegetables as well as the restrictions on snacks, referred to as ‘Smart Snacks,’” said Needham.  

 

She visited with Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz and his staff regarding the Child Nutrition programs’ concerns. Approximately 54 directors and industry personnel took part this year in hope of changing some food program guidelines. Each Member of Congress and Senator in the state of Texas was seen by a Texas partner.

 

Needham explained that they wanted the members of Congress to taste the type of food they were required to serve under the current food guidelines.

 

“To insure our message was heard, we left a salt shaker and a whole grain, reduced sodium, low fat, USDA tortilla to taste,” said Needham. “ We left feeling we made an impact.”

 

Needham said that Child Nutrition is looking forward to the changes from the newly appointed U.S. Department of Agriculture Commissioner Sonny Perdue.  

 

“I feel he will listen to the concerns of Child Nutrition professionals and make decisions that will impact the program for the benefit of students,” said Needham.

 

In addition to being the Director of Child Nutrition for New Caney ISD, Needham is also the President of the Texas Association for School Nutrition.

 

“It was an honor to serve as the President of the Texas Association for School Nutrition, representing all the Child Nutrition programs in the state, directors and school personnel,” said Needham. “The partnership we have with teachers and parents for the future of our students is critical and I look forward to the upcoming changes within our program.”