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Rep. Mann Champions Legislation Defending American Kids, Dairy Farmers

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By the Office of U.S. Congressman for Kansas Tracey Mann

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Yesterday, U.S. Representative Tracey Mann (KS-01) voted yes on legislation that he cosponsors, H.R. 1147, the Whole Milk for Healthy Kids Act, which would allow schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program to serve whole or reduced-fat milk to students, giving students a variety of nutritional beverage choices. 

“Milk has 13 essential nutrients that kids need to live healthy lives,” said Rep. Mann. “Milk is also the top source of protein for children ages 2-11, and it’s the top source of calcium, potassium, phosphorus, and Vitamin D for children ages 2-18. This legislation allows kids to consume the milk they prefer at home and school. American dairy farmers are proud to support the health of kids across the country, and I am proud to cosponsor the legislation.” 

H.R. 1147, the Whole Milk for Healthy Kids Act, which passed in the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 330-99, would:  

  • Allow schools the option to serve all types of milk, including whole and 2% milk 
  • Give school food service providers simplicity, flexibility, and choice in milk options so they can easily craft nutritious lunches students will enjoy 
  • Honor parental and student choice to round out a nutritious lunch with a popular, healthy beverage 

H.R. 1147 will now be sent to the U.S. Senate for further review. 

Click here to view Rep. Mann’s Commitment to the Big First.