American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) President and CEO Kraig R. Naasz issued the following statement applauding the House Education and Labor Committee for approving the amendment to the Improving Nutrition for America’s Children Act that expands an important Children’s School Nutrition program.
“This legislation reauthorizing federal childhood nutrition programs is important to the health and well-being of America’s children. AFFI particularly applauds the amendment offered by Representatives David Wu (D-Ore.) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) that strengthens the bill by including frozen fruits in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Snack Program. The amendment, approved by the committee today, expands the snack program by enabling schools to offer nutritious and convenient frozen fruit at no additional cost to the taxpayer.
“Equipping school dietitians with the additional resource of frozen fruits greatly expands their ability to provide nutritional menu offerings. Frozen fruits will allow dietitians to stretch limited dollars and ensure children can enjoy fruit year-round. Convenient, frozen fruits provide underserved schools with an easy and tasty way of helping children get the recommended daily servings of fruit their growing bodies need.
“We applaud the committee’s approval of Reps. Wu and Rodgers’ amendment and look forward to the committee’s swift approval of the bill.”
The American Frozen Food Institute is the national trade association that promotes the interests of all segments of the frozen food industry. AFFI works to foster industry development and growth, and advocates before legislative and regulatory entities on the industry’s behalf. For more information, please visit www.affi.com.