You're the Cure advocates have been successful in protecting healthy school meals. So, you might be asking, "What is the latest from Capitol Hill?
We’ve written before about the record number of students participating in the National School Breakfast and Lunch programs, and about the laudable compromise reached by the Senate earlier this year that would keep nutrition standards strong so our kids can keep getting the healthy meals they need.
Unfortunately, there are some House members who clearly haven’t gotten the message. The bill they recently introduced would halt the progress made by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (with which 98.5% of schools nationwide are now in compliance). Worse, it takes what has long been a bipartisan issue – ensuring students are served nutritious meals that allow them to excel in the classroom – and instead puts ideology over our kids’ health.
If passed into law, the bill would dismantle nutrition standards for school fundraisers, reverse the progress we’ve made on sodium requirements, and give no direction to schools on how best to teach our kids about the importance of healthy eating. We can’t go back: please tell your representative to reject the House bill and give our kids the healthy futures they deserve.