UPDATE 12/02/10: The House voted in favor of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, ushering in school lunch reform. The move came after more than 15,000 Change.org members signed a petition supporting the Child Nutrition Act and more than 1,000 members urged Congress to reform school lunch without cutting future funds to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), aka food stamps. While the bill still includes SNAP cuts, President Obama and Congressional leaders have promised to fix these reductions. Read the full story here.
With the growing threat of childhood obesity and related problems, we are long overdue for a re-vamp of our school nutrition programs. To make these improvements, Congress must reauthorize the Child Nutrition Act this year, yet they continue to delay moving forward with the bill.
We must tell Congress that our kids deserve better. Failing to act this year would mean increases in funding for school meals will again be delayed, and the USDA will remain powerless to require junk foods be taken out of vending machines and snack shops in schools.
Help us send a strong message to Congress that the health of our kids must be a priority! No more delays on the Child Nutrition Act reauthorization.
This legislation will provide much-needed support to strengthen the ways in which our schools help promote healthy lifestyle habits, such as through proper nutrition and adequate daily physical activity.
Please move swiftly to complete the Child Nutrition Act reauthorization this year.