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Rising Prices and School Nutrition
Food Costs Unravel Nutrition Initiatives

Katie Wilson
President-Elect, School Nutrition Association
Monday, April 14, 2008 2:00 PM

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New York students will have to settle for pizza without tasty turkey pepperoni topping. In Montgomery County schools, tomato slices were pulled for a few weeks from cafeteria salads in favor of less-expensive carrots or celery.

Sharp rises in the cost of milk, grain and fresh fruits and vegetables are hitting cafeterias across the country, forcing cash-strapped schools to raise prices or pinch pennies by serving more economical dishes. Some school officials on a mission to help fight childhood obesity say it's becoming harder to fill students' plates with healthy, low-fat foods.

Katie Wilson, president-elect of the School Nutrition Association, will be online Monday, April 14, at 2 p.m. ET to discuss how the national economy is affecting school nutrition programs and what can be done about it.

Submit your questions and comments before or during today's discussion.

The School Nutrition Association is a non-profit organization that joins over 55,000 school nutrition professionals with the most current research, training and education tools needed to operate school nutrition programs. It also advocates for legislative support and funding for school meals.

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