In this Sept. 14, 2011 photo, Peter McDaniel eats some fries during lunch at Gardiner High School in Gardiner, Maine. New guidelines proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture would eliminate potatoes altogether from school breakfasts and drastically reduce the amount of potatoes served in lunches. (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach) The Associated Press In this Sept. 14, 2011 photo, Maria Turner poses with her dish of baked potatoes mixed with sour cream, bacon bits, melted cheese and croutons during lunch at Gardiner High School in Gardiner, Maine. New guidelines proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture would eliminate potatoes altogether from school breakfasts and drastically reduce the amount of potatoes served in lunches. (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach) The Associated Press In this Sept. 14, 2011 photo, baked potatoes are covered with chili, broccoli, sour cream and cheese during lunch at Gardiner High School in Gardiner, Maine. New guidelines proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture would eliminate potatoes altogether from school breakfasts and drastically reduce the amount of potatoes served in lunches. (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach) The Associated Press In this Sept. 14, 2011 photo, baked potatoes are displayed in a dish during lunch at Gardiner High School in Gardiner, Maine. New guidelines proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture would eliminate potatoes altogether from school breakfasts and drastically reduce the amount of potatoes served in lunches. (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach) The Associated Press In this Sept. 14, 2011 photo, fresh fries are scooped into containers during lunch at Gardiner High School in Gardiner, Maine. New guidelines proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture would eliminate potatoes altogether from school breakfasts and drastically reduce the amount of potatoes served in lunches. (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach) The Associated PressPORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The potato is on the verge of being virtually banished from the nation's school lunch program, but not if Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Mark Udall of Colorado have anything to say about it.Collins, who grew up in Maine's potato country and picked potatoes as a girl, wants to restore some respect to the humble spud, a popular and inexpensive item in school lunches.New guidelines proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture would eliminate potatoes altogether from school breakfasts and drastically reduce the amount of potatoes served in lunches.Collins says potatoes are healthy and nutritious, as long as they're not fried. She and Udall are attempting to withhold funding for implementing the rules.



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