Senate unveils draft of Child Nutrition Act
Today, Senator Blanche Lincoln unveiled her version of the Child Nutrition Act and announced that the Senate Agriculture Committee will begin marking up the bill next week, on Wednesday, March 24.
Lincolns draft boosts funding for child nutrition programs by $500 million per year, and includes stronger nutrition standards and some support for Farm to School programs. She called it a record investment in child nutrition programs, which is technically true but only because Congress has consistently under-funded school meals in every Child Nutrition Act until now. It’s encouraging to see that there’s any new funding, but Lincoln’s draft only has half of the $1 billion proposed by President Obama, which isn’t enough to transform school lunch in a time when nearly 1 in 3 children is obese or overweight.
If your Senator serves on the Agriculture Committee, you have a short window of time to make an impact. Please take three minutes to make a phone call to your Senators office in D.C. and ask them to support:
Helping schools serve healthier food by making the full investment of $1 billion per year for child nutrition programs.
Including $50 million over five years for grants to start Farm to School programs, which link schools to local farms and support the local economy.
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