Posted on Fri, August 21, 2009 by Jerusha Klemperer
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Earlier this week, in an interview with 11 year old Damon Weaver (yes, eleven. I was at ballet class at eleven), Barack Obama talked about the importance of getting healthy food into schools.
Then, yesterday, during a conference call on health care with Organizing for America organizers, he continued:
“part of what we also have to do, though, is teach our children early the importance of health…When it comes to food, one of the things that we are doing is working with school districts, and the child nutrition legislation is going to be coming up. We provide an awful lot of school lunches out there and reimburse local school districts for school lunch programs. Let’s figure out, how we can get some fresh fruits and vegetables in the mix?
Because sometimes you go into schools, and you know what the menu is. You know, it’s French fries, tater tots, hot dogs, pizza. Now, that’s what kids—let’s face it. That’s what kids want to eat anyway, so it’s not just the school’s fault. A, that’s what kids may want to eat. B, it turns out that that food’s a lot cheaper because of the distributions that we’ve set up.
And so what we’ve got to do is to change how we think about, for example, getting local farmers connected to school districts, because that would benefit the farmers, delivering fresh produce, but right now they just don’t have the distribution mechanisms set up.”
Anyone else’s head spinning?
Now we all know that just because Barack and Michelle are on board, it doesn’t equal a better Child Nutrition Act and a reformed Farm Bill, BUT, I think we are guaranteed an interesting conversation when the Child Nutrition Act does finally make it to the floor.