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Oct 31, 2015 12:27 PM

Londonderry and USDA have reached agreement over school lunch conflict


LONDONDERRY - The food fight over school lunches appears to have been settled.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which runs the national school lunch program, says the confusion was due to a miscommunication about the high school opting out of the federal program.

The high school can continue to run its own lunch program.

Londonderry officials had worried that regulators planned to classify the school as a processing facility and subject it to new regulations.

U.S. Sen Jeanne Shaheen had helped facilitate a meeting between the USDA and Londonderry school officials

School officials and the USDA quickly came to an agreement that addresses the school district’s unique situation, where the high school has opted out of the National School Lunch Program, but other schools are still participating and want to receive federally-subsidized foods through the program.

According to the Union Leader, the school district will have to create safeguards to ensure that the federally-subsidized food isn't used at the high school.


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