A “New Day” for School Food: Talking with Sec. of Agriculture Tom Vilsack
February 24, 2009 | Written By: Healthy Schools Campaign
By Rochelle Davis, Founding Executive Director
The USDA plays a major role in shaping our nation’s school food, so I was happy to see this recent Washington Post interview with Tom Vilsack, the new Secretary of Agriculture. In the interview, Secretary Vilsack declares that “there’s a new day here” and that he is committed to pursuing policies that support healthful eating – including healthy food at school.
Vilsack discusses his own struggle with weight as a child and says that “there are ways in which we can partner with local school districts and states to do a better job to provide nutrition options at school.”
When asked about his specific ideas for improving school lunches, he says:
You can read the full interview here.
I am encouraged by Vilsack’s discussion of these issues and look forward to working with his administration and advocates around the country to reach a truly healthful “new day” in our nation’s school kitchens and cafeterias.