Recently the W.K. Kellogg Foundation reported that most Americans want changes to provide healthy school meals to our nation's students. The survey of more than 800 Americans from all over the country found "near-universal agreement that childhood obesity is a problem or crisis, and that improving the health of American children requires communities to prioritize access in schools to fresh produce and exercise."
This is great news for those of us working to create healthier school environments -- and we believe that as support for healthier schools grows, Congressional support must grow as well. Schools need more money to provide the healthy meals that more and more parents and community members support.
Dr. Gail Christopher, who oversees food, health and well-being as vice president of programs at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, said:
The data in this survey highlight the widespread support for transforming school food to help all children lead healthier lives... When students have access to healthy, locally-grown food and physical activity, it allows them to thrive both in and out of the classroom.
Learn more about how you can raise your voice and be part of the movement to bring schools more money for healthy food!