GAO is urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to increase fish in school lunches. USDA buys less than 2 percent of animal protein out of 23 million students’ meals. That’s 3.4 ounces of seafood a year for each student in the program, equivalent of about three fish sticks. The USDA has an “important role” in supporting the seafood industry, senators wrote.
GAO did a study on food, but it shifted the focus from nutrition to the industry’s importance. School-age children should eat between 4 and 10 ounces of seafood per week, GAO says.