This week, CongressDaily published some of my conversation with Secretary of Agriculture Vilsak. I hope someone in power will read it and understand that we can’t just talk about the health of our children and invent new programs to “help” them. It is a question of where we are putting our money. All the jumping jacks and walks to school must be supported by healthy food!!! The love of a fresh spinach salad with a whole grain roll will last long after they leave school. Yes, walk to school, but many children are greeted by donuts and Fruit Loops.
Good quality food costs money and it is worth it to spend it on our children! Please, please make your voice heard right now! The easiest way is to go here to send an email where it matters most or to telephone the Capitol Hill switchboard at 1-800-815-3740 and ask to speak to your U.S. House Representative. Tell him or her that you want an additional dollar per lunch allotted in the reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act, that, in addition to the extra dollar, you want the following:
- Increased quality of meals served in the school meal program; including less use of highly processed foods which are high in fat and sodium, increased fresh and high quality fruits and vegetables, more whole grains, and reduced overall sodium content.
- Strengthened nutrition standards for school meal programs and competitive foods.
- At least $50 million mandatory funding for Farm to School programs. (Healthy Schools Campaign)