We’ve touched on this story before, nice to see it in the news again. Somebody’s got to do something about the public school food system.
The Senate last week unanimously passed the Healthy, Hungry-Free Kids Act, which allocates $4.5 billion over the next 10 years to improve school meals.
The legislation increases reimbursements to school districts for lunches; provides more training to help schools serve healthier meals; and strengthens school wellness policies on nutrition and physical activity.
The bill also could signal the end of junk foods being sold at school from vending machines and other places: the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be mandated to set science-based nutrition standards for any foods sold on school grounds.
That pleases child nutrition advocates like the Center for Science in the Public Interest.
“The Senate bill changes the school food landscape in ways that are all positive,” said Michael Jacobson, CSPI executive director in a news release.
“Put simply, it will get junk food out of, and put more healthy food into, America’s schools. It preserves the free and reduced-cost meals that many families depend on in an economic downturn. And it supports farmers by improving farm-to-school programs.”
Next stop for the bill is the U.S. House, which must vote by Sept. 30, when current child nutrition programs expire.
To read the original article on Cleveland.com click HERE
For those of you who haven’t seen this yet, here’s Jamie Oliver’s award-winning TED Talk about transforming the public school system. Brilliance. This guy should get the Nobel Prize.