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Showdown on food stamps looms in Congress

WASHINGTON – Unless there’s a last-minute deal, there will be a huge showdown in Congress next week over the future of  food stamps, a federal program that helps feed about 400,000 individuals and families in Connecticut. House conservatives — and President Donald Trump — want to add new work requirements to the program, but there’s resistance in the Senate to that idea. Continue Reading →

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U.S. House bill cuts thousands from Connecticut’s free school lunch program

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House on Thursday narrowly approved a massive farm bill that would cut thousands of children from free school meals in Connecticut. That bill, opposed by every House Democrat, would curb eligibility for food stamps, too. Continue Reading →

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Op-Ed: Don’t include chocolate milk in school lunch sodium bill

I am writing in regard to the recent House Bill No. 5566 that proposes to prohibit added sodium in drinks offered in Connecticut Schools. Chocolate milk will be eliminated from all Connecticut schools menus because there is no chocolate milk formulation in place without added sodium. As president of the Connecticut Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, I am expressing our concern that this will have a significant negative impact on school meal participation and ultimately nutrient intake for students.   School chocolate milk has between 60-90 mg added sodium, which is only 2-4 percent of sodium intake in a day.  Removing chocolate milk hardly moves the needle on added sodium intake; but what it does remove is critical nutrients for growth and development. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, milk is the No. Continue Reading →

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