School Districts, Pulse Growers, NGOs Call on USDA to Remove Barriers to Serving Pulses in School Meals – QNT Press Release

Beans, peas and lentils are nutrient-dense and affordable plant-based foods 80% of Americans are under consuming

MOSCOW, Idaho, Nov. 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — More than 100 school districts, non-profit organizations, and grower associations signed onto a joint letter asking the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food & Nutrition Service (FNS) to align with the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans by updating K-12 meal pattern guidance and requirements that currently create barriers to serving more pulses (beans, peas, lentils, and chickpeas) in school meals.

The joint letter asks that the USDA Food & Nutrition Service (FNS) update K-12 meal pattern guidance and requirements to:

  1. Allow beans, peas, lentils, tofu, and soy products to qualify as meat/meat alternate (M/MA) even if not visually recognizable;
  2. Enable beans, peas, and lentils to credit as both a vegetable and M/MA if served in sufficient quantities and allow the same pulse dish to credit as a vegetable or M/MA in a single day; and
  3. Diversify protein…

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