Students in Lenanon, Ore., have reason to celebrate this week as district officials announced the return of chocolate milk to the lunchroom less than a year after initially eliminating the popular drink to comply with the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act.
Julie Holden and Roxanne Savedra, parents of students at the Cascades Elementary School, approached the Lebanon School Board earlier this month to petition the return of chocolate milk to school lunches, according to a report by the Albany (Ore.) Democrat-Herald. They presented research detailing chocolate milk’s nutritional values and data showing that students weren’t turning to white milk in the absence of a flavored option.
During the flavored milk ban, students at Cascades Elementary School were dumping an average of 11.66 gallons of regular milk at lunchtime each day, accounting for nearly 72 percent of the milk cartons given out. That was more than double the amount of milk tossed last year, before flavored milk was removed from the lunch menu.
The school board agreed with Holden and Savedra, voting in favor of return chocolate milk. Read more from the Albany Democrat-Herald, “Chocolate milk returns to Lebanon schools.”
While the new federal school lunch regulations don’t ban flavored milk, it has tightened restrictions on calories in school lunches and required schools to serve more vegetables, fruits and whole grains. A Kansas high school recently released a music video, revolting against the regulations. Watch it here.