President Obama And The Changing Face Of School Lunches

On Monday, President Obama signed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, a $4.5 billion expansion of the school lunch program.  “We’ve seen the connection between what kids eat and how well they perform in school,” he said, speaking at Harriet Tubman Elementary School in Northwest Washington. “We need to make sure our kids have the energy and capacity to go toe-to-toe with their peers.”

What the bill will do: (see the fact sheet for a more detailed report)

  • Improve school lunches: check out a proposed sample menu.
  • Give the USDA authority to set nutritional standards for all foods regularly sold in and out of the cafeteria during the school day, including vending machines, the a la carte lunch lines, and school stores.
  • Allow eligible students in high poverty communities greater meal access. Continue reading

Jamie Oliver and the 2010 Child Nutrition Reauthorization

Every five years an opportunity opens on Capitol Hill for lawmakers and their staff to improve, modify and reauthorize the federal Child Nutrition Programs.  The objective: to ensure that high-quality, healthy, and safe meals are provided to children every school day.

Jamie Oliver has compiled a petition he would like to take to the White House to show the President and First lady how many people really care and to ask for their support in saving cooking skills and improving school food.  (See original post on Jamie Oliver here).

So far, 625,191 people in the United States have signed (35,206 in New York). I’m not one to push petitions, but this is a worthy one.  It’s also the last month to sign.  If you’re interested, click here.