Whitfield County Schools Say They Are Committed To Keeping Students Fed Healthy Options Even If There Are Changes Made For Snacking At Georgia Fundraisers

Reported by: James Mahon
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Updated: 8/15/2014 7:06 am
TUNNEL HILL, GA, (WDEF)-How many exemption days should schools be allowed where they return to their old ways of giving unhealthy snack options?

More than half of US states say none, but Tennessee and now Georgia want exemption 30 days as campaigners say it affects school fundraisers.

Next week Georgia school systems will find out if they are successful in getting their calories back with a vote from the state board of education.

Teachers and nutritionists say they are aware of the possible changes that might be happening in the coming months but they will remain focused on making sure that all of their students are well fed throughout the rest of the year.

Joe Barnett, Principal of New Hope Middle School, "We added a salad bar this year. We were walking around telling kids hey we added a salad bar this year. I think the teachers were more excited by that than the kids, the kids are getting used to it. They are doing well with it"

School Nutrition director Angela Brown believes Whitfield county schools can work around any changes that might happen.

"There are a lot of fundraisers they can do, we have a lot of schools that sell t-shirts, water bottles they can do that or we sell healthier foods like water, low fat cookies, whole grain cookies."

Brown says the Smart Snacks program has also made all students take at least one fruit with breakfast and students are willing to make the changes needed.

"Not big changes just some transitions the law for smart snacks went into affect July 1st, the intent of the law was to provide healthy food and beverages throughout the school campus."

The changes leave high schools selling only diet beverages and water with the only snack items allowed having to remain below 200 calories.

Some campaigners in Marietta Georgia also say the new regulations must be changed as schools are losing out in revenue from vending machines.

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