Congresswoman Claudia Tenney is co-sponsoring a new bill that would allow schools to serve whole milk once again.
The bill is called Wholesome Health Original Lactic Excellence Making Intelligent Literate Kids, or the WHOLE MILK Act. It would allow schools participating In the National School Lunch Program to serve unflavored whole milk, which would be an amendment to the 2018 Farm Bill, according to Tenney.
“After speaking with dairy farmers across the district, I learned how important it was for the stability of our farmers and economy to ensure whole milk was sold at schools,” Tenney said, in part, in a news release. “Under the Obama Administration, schools across the nation were only allowed to serve low-fat milk during lunch. This decision severely hurt the agriculture market in Upstate as farmers lost out on millions of pints of milk that were no longer able to be sold in schools.”
Tenney says the bill would ensure children get the proper nutrition and would also help dairy farmers struggling with stagnant milk prices.