Helping schools serve healthier food is a big step towards solving the child obesity epidemic. But first, we need Congress to improve the National School Lunch Program when it passes its Child Nutrition bill this year.
A strong Child Nutrition bill should invest at least $1 billion per year in healthier food, link schools to local farms, and strengthen nutrition standards for all the food sold at school.
Right now, schools receive $2.68 for each lunch served only about $1 of which goes towards ingredients. School meal providers deserve credit for the incredible work they put in to stretching that dollar, but the fact of the matter is that many schools still rely on the cheap processed foods that are fueling the obesity epidemic. Thats a major threat to the health of our children and to the future security and economic prosperity of our country.
To help our children get back on track towards good health, the Child Nutrition bill must include: