Food Service Workers Lend their Support for a Strong Child Nutrition Act
August 27, 2009
By Rochelle Davis, Founding Executive Director
Last month, food service workers lent their support for a strong Child Nutrition Act when they visited Capitol Hill to speak up for school food. Their priorities, which closely mirror those of Healthy Schools Campaign, include :
- Increasing federal reimbursement rates for meals to enable schools to cover the rising costs of meeting dietary guidelines and to purchase fresh, healthy foods.
- Reaching more struggling families by relaxing eligibility requirements, streamlining application processes, and allowing for regional variations in cost of living in determining eligibility.
- Improving food safety, nutrition, health and wellness, and customer service through additional training and good jobs with health care for food service employees.
SEIU and UNITE, labor unions that often represent food service workers in schools, have joined together to launch the Campaign for Quality Services. The Campaign for Quality Services has identified a number of priorities, including improving the federal school food program through a strong Child Nutrition Act.