The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently released a proposed rule that would put our children at risk by weakening nutrition standards in school meals. The USDA’s proposed rule would lead to fewer fruits and vegetables being served and more foods higher in saturated fat, sodium, and calories like pizza and burgers.
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Luckily, the USDA allows us to weigh in and submit comments on their proposed rules. While the American Heart Association and other public health groups have already submitted detailed comments highlighting the issues with the rules, it is important that the USDA hear from everyone, not just public health groups like the AHA.
That’s where you come in…You can help make a difference by submitting a comment to the USDA in opposition to their proposed rule. We’ve provided you with some talking points to get you started and it should not take you more than 2 minutes to submit your comment. By submitting your own comment you’re making sure that the USDA hears from not just public health groups, but public health advocates who can make a big difference! The deadline to submit comments is April 22nd and we need to let them know that they’ve made a mistake and urge them them not to move forward with the rule before that time.
While everyone (including the USDA) is rightfully focused on the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the need to get food to children in the wake of school closings, this issue is still critically important. When life eventually returns to normal, these nutrition standards will impact the food our children are served at school for years to come and we need to take action now to give our children the best chance to thrive!