House approves Rep. Michelle Caldier’s amendment to improve nutritional standards of Breakfast after the Bell program

The state House approved an amendment Wednesday from Rep. Michelle Caldier requiring each food item served in a Breakfast After the Bell program to contain less than 25 percent by weight added sugar. The amount of refined sugar allowed had been 35 percent before Caldier's amendment was adopted.

“As a mother and dentist, I want to make sure we're not providing junk food like Pop Tarts and doughnuts to schoolchildren,” said Caldier, R-Port Orchard. “Reducing the amount of refined sugar allowed under this program will better suit their nutritional needs and ensure these children receive a higher-quality breakfast.”

The amendment was added to House Bill 1295, which would require most public schools in Washington state to offer school breakfast after the beginning of the school day. Implementation would begin in the 2017-18 school year.

The bill was approved with a 69-28 vote. It now goes to the Senate for further consideration.

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