“It only makes sense for a USDA-administered school snack program to follow the department’s own nutrition guidance and to assist children in seeing the value of consuming more fruits and vegetables in all healthy and nutritious forms,” according to the letter.
Dan Haley, Washington, D.C.-based lobbyist for processed and fresh fruit, vegetable and nut companies, said the change is supported by Democratic and Republican leaders of the House Education and Workforce Committee. The program is directed by the House Education and Workforce Committee, Haley said.
What’s more, Haley said expansion of the program makes political sense.
“The (farm bill) will be an uphill battle on the House floor and by expanding the program to all forms, you are bringing in more constituents that have a reason to support the bill,” he said.
Haley said it is very difficult to ask politicians to pick winners and losers, especially in an election year.
“That’s where I think the other side has a problem,” he said.
Haley predicted the provision to expand will not be amended in the July 11 hearing.