Many thanks to Rhode Island advocates John Potvin, Kathy Harrington and Miriam Plitt for leading our Congressional outreach during the August Recess! Advocates visited the offices of Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, and Congressman Jim Langevin and David Cicilline to deliver a simple message: Step Up to the Plate for School Meals! Advocates urged our Members of Congress to protect the strong nutrition standards enacted by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act and reject any effort to go back to school meals loaded with salt, fat and sugar.
Since becoming law in December 2010, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act has given America’s children access to healthier food options for breakfast, lunch, and throughout the school day. 95% of schools and diverse communities across the country are meeting the requirements and ensuring their students are getting a head start on a healthy lifestyle. Rhode Island has always been a leader on school nutrition and was one of the first states to adopt strong nutrition standards.
Congress will debate whether to re-authorize the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act this year and we need your continued support! Visit www.heart.org/SchoolMeals to learn more.
Photo: Kathy Harrington visits Senator Whitehouse's office.