Pa. lawmakers renew effort for whole milk in schools

September 6, 2019
In The News

Back-to-school season is giving some Pennsylvania Republican lawmakers a chance to renew their fight for whole milk in schools.

U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-Pa.) are pushing to get whole and 2% milk back in schools. Those varieties were banned under the Obama administration nutrition guidelines. Currently, schools can only serve skim or 1% milk. The 1% option was allowed just last year when the U.S. Department of Agriculture removed that ban.

Both lawmakers have introduced their own legislation that call on the U.S.D.A to lift those restrictions.

“I don’t think the government needs to be telling people whether or not they can drink whole milk. How ridiculous,” Toomey said. “That should be a decision for parents to make.”

“There is a direct correlation to the challenges of rural America economically to what Congress did in 2010,” according to Thompson. “Our farm loss income is about 60 percent lower over the past seven years.”
Pennsylvania ranks seventh in the nation among top milk-producing states from 2016-2018, according to Statista.