Congressman speaks on potential changes to school lunch program

Northeast Alabama
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GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- Some changes could be in the works for student's school lunches.

The items on the Guntersville Middle School lunch menu reflect stipulated guidelines, focused on healthy meals. The meals have taken a healthy turn in the past few years.

Guntersville City Schools Child Nutrition Director Julia Covington says overall they are pleased with what is offered to the students each day, given the guidelines they work with. "If we're given the opportunity to be a bit more flexible with what we can serve we would be grateful," Covington says.

Congressman Robert Aderholt is working to do just that."We're trying to get some flexibility, some waivers that are included in here, and that's what this whole effort has been about, to try to minimize the requirements coming out of Washington," Congressman Aderholt says.

Congressman Aderholt is chairman of the House subcommittee that oversees the school lunch program. He says he wants to keep the healthy options, but with more flexibility. "So they're able to provide lunches that taste good, and that the kids look forward to coming to the lunch program and participating in," Aderholt says.

Guntersville school leaders say the program is good for students, but more leeway will make it even more so."To be able to incorporate these healthy guidelines into our menus with fewer restrictions and rules would be ideal," Covington says.

Congressman Aderholt says the provision is a move in the right direction, and says he wants to continue to work on even more flexibility in the lunch program.

He says he's spoken with leaders from several school systems and they say they're on board with his plans.

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