Fl. Ag Commissioner Wants Control of School Nutrition Programs

Fewer kids are eating breakfast and lunch in school cafeterias. Many parents say they're not happy with food choices in Florida schools, opting instead to pack a lunch.

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is asking state lawmakers to give his department control over school nutrition programs.

A bill called the "Healthy Schools for Healthy Lives Act" would let state agriculture officials buy fresh fruits and vegetables from local farmers... And send them directly to school cafeterias.

“Farmers across the state of Florida are producing crops that, sometimes the produce is too big or too small and is not fit for the market, so we're able to work with those farmers and move that produce into our school systems, where our kids have healthy, nutritious alternatives for breakfast and lunch,” said Sterling Ivey of the Fla. Department of Agriculture.

Supporters say having nutritious alternatives on the menu will teach kids to eat healthier and help them build good life-long habits.

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