The 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.