WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., has introduced the Milk in Lunches for Kids (MILK) Act to allow schools to serve whole milk and two percent milk.
The MILK Act also requires the Secretary of Agriculture to revise regulations to exclude milk fat from the cap on saturated fat in school lunches. Currently, schools may only serve fat free or one percent milk with lunches.
“Every parent knows milk does a body good,” said Toomey. “In 2010, the Obama Administration and Congress erred in prohibiting whole milk and two percent from being served in schools. This decision has led to a sharp decline in consumption across the country, which means kids are not getting essential nutrients milk provides. This measure fixes that error and permits schools to sell whole and two percent milk once again.”
Toomey’s MILK Act is being co-sponsored by Sen. Ron Johnson. R-Wis., and has earned the support of the following organizations:
· Pennsylvania Farm Bureau
· Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association
· Pennsylvania Association of Milk Dealers
· International Dairy Foods Association