Child Nutrition Act Bill Mark-Up to Begin Today: Now’s the Time to Speak Up
July 14, 2010 | Written By: Healthy Schools Campaign
reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act, the federal legislation that
determines school food policy and resources, is moving in Congress. The
bills introduced for reauthorization include several health-promoting
policy provisions but do not include adequate funding to make
fundamental change for healthy school food.
The House of Representatives Education and Labor Committee will
begin mark-up of the bill today, July 14. The current version of the
House bill increases the school food reimbursement rate by only six
cents per meal, not enough for schools to make health-promoting changes
to support students' wellness and learning.
Now, representatives need to hear that the public supports
increased funding for healthy school food.
If you’d like your voice to be heard on this issue, now
is the time to speak up! Please take a moment to contact your representative in support of a timely
and well-funded reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act.
At a committee hearing this month, Sec. of Agriculture Tom
Vilsack testified in support of a reauthorization that
makes kids’ health a priority. “To state it simply, we are here today
because school meals matter,” he said. “Our schools are on the front
line of efforts to improve childhood nutrition, our collective health,
and the future of our great nation.”
With the support of the administration, parents, students and
advocates across the country, Congress now has a critical opportunity to
change the future of school food by providing funding for healthy
school meals. Add your voice to the call for kids’
health by sending a letter today.