PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Pierre School officials visited with U.S. Representative Kristi Noem on new rules that are part of the national school lunch program Tuesday. Noem met with Pierre’s School Superintendent Dr. Kelly Glodt, District Business Manager Darla Mayer and Food Services Supervisor Darrel Davis. The requirements limit the number of calories that can be served and has resulted in changes in the lunch menu. Glodt says the district will remain in compliance with the requirements, which unfortunately are not popular with students and parents. He says the district is seeing more food waste so far this school year.
Mayer says the district has received complaints on the food changes from parents. She says she believes that not complying with the new requirements would put some federal funding for the district at risk. Mayer also says that district officials relayed various concerns on the changes to Congresswoman Noem during the Tuesday meeting.
Noem visited with students at Pierre’s Middle School during the lunch hour-before talking with school officials Tuesday.
Glodt says that Davis is expected to outline the menu changes at the next school board meeting. Representative Noem wrote to the USDA Secretary on her concerns about the food requirements last week, but said yesterday that she has yet to hear a response. Her hope is that the food rules will be made more flexible sometime in the future.
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