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Published March 28, 2013, 07:08 PM

"Sensible School Lunch Act" aims to keep students from going home hungry

School lunches throughout the country may soon have some more permanent changes. The Sensible School Lunch Act sponsored by North Dakota Senator John Hoeven attempts to lessen restrictions on serving grains and proteins.

School lunches throughout the country may soon have some more permanent changes. The Sensible School Lunch Act sponsored by North Dakota Senator John Hoeven attempts to lessen restrictions on serving grains and proteins.

Hoeven says this plan is to combat the one size fits all approach and to keep students, especially athletes, from going hungry.

He says "it will save $75 million a year and provide better school meals for our kids," and Manvel school officials agree.

Richard Ray, Manvel School Principal: I think it makes good common sense to help meet the needs of especially our high school kids.

Karla Braaten, Manvel School Employee: "That was really hard to do with the bread restrictions and the meat restrictions, but now that those are lifted it's a lot easier to help us deal with making the menus."

The federal restrictions began this school year, and that's when lawmakers started getting calls from concerned parents. Hoeven's plan wouldn't change the total amount of calories allowed, but it would lessen restrictions on grains and proteins.

Hoeven: "...making sure we have not only nutritious meals, but meals that our kids want and that are satisfying for them so they aren't hungry during the day."

After contacting the USDA in December, Hoeven's plan is allowed in schools, for now. Under this plan, fruit and vegetable servings would be unlimited. Sponsors hope to have it passed this year.

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