The Washington, D.C.-based National Potato Council is waging a campaign to keep the tuberous vegetable in school lunch meals.
As part of its effort, the council has launched the website, www.PotatoesInSchools.com.
The website contains nutritional information about potatoes, such as how including the spud in school lunches actually encourages more overall vegetable consumtpion by students, how potatoes are nutrient and fiber rich, and how deleting them would increase school lunch costs.
Under a proposal by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, school lunch programs could serve no more than one cup of starchy vegetables—potatoes, corn, green peas and lima beans—per week.
The department is soliciting comments on its proposed mandatory meal plans that are part of the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.
Deadline to comment is April 13.
As part of its campaign, the NPC is encouraging growers, parents and other interested parties to submit online comments to the USDA through the Federal Register at www.regulations.gov.
Read the USDA's full school lunch proposal by clicking here.