Kline also asked that committee staff receive regular updates from the Agriculture Department on its responses to school districts.
Vilsack has said schools are being advised about a federally subsidized snack program they may be able to use to provide additional food to students who say they are hungry. The snacks, however, must meet certain nutrition standards.
The School Nutrition Association, which represents school meal providers and their suppliers, is forwarding complaints and concerns from its members to the Agriculture Department for resolution.
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