Kids are heading back to school, and state officials say they now have more options when it comes to providing a healthy lunch.
Under federal regulations last year, schools needed to request a waiver in order to serve flavored milk during breakfast and lunch.
This year, they don’t need a waiver, and schools are being encouraged to take advantage.
“There are few foods or beverages that can offer the substantial nutritional benefits of milk. So, that’s why this is really so important. It’s important from an academic perspective,” said Michael Smith, the Executive Deputy Secretary for the Pennsylvania Dept. of Agriculture. “It’s also important, again, from an economic perspective. Dairy, by far, is the largest contributor to our agriculture economy.”
Department officials asked schools to consider getting that milk from Pennsylvania dairy vendors.