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Our Position on the USDA School Meals Final Rule

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Minneapolis Public Schools Culinary & Wellness Services (MPS CWS) is committed to providing all MPS students access to quality food and active living.  Quality food and active living are essential for students to achieve their full academic potential, attain full physical and mental development, and improve lifelong health and well-being.
 
MPS CWS will not deviate from our True Food philosophy. We regret the harmful rollbacks included in the recent USDA School Meals Final Rule that undermine the positive strides made by school districts and the food industry nationwide to reduce student consumption of sugar and sodium, while increasing intake and access of whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables.
 
MPS CWS will continue its commitment to offer foods that are fresh, high quality and minimally processed. We will continue to only serve whole grain-rich items while introducing intact whole grains, only serve unflavored milk, and working toward a sodium standard level 2 in our foods by school year 20/21.
 
Since the transition back to scratch-cooking and the introduction of the Healthy Hungry Kids Act of 2010, we have had an increase of over 1.25 million breakfasts and lunches served from school year 2012/13 to 2017/18 under the National School Lunch Program.
 
Any deviation from standards and menu changes will continue to be reviewed and approved by the department menu committee.