School Breakfasts and Lunches are a Primary Source of Fresh Foods for Students Washington, DC –Today, Plate of the Union, a grassroots campaign fighting for bold action to reform our out of balance food and farm policies, called on Congress to ensure the next Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) bill responsibly meets students’ needs for fresh and healthy foods and for the presidential candidates to voice…
School Breakfasts and Lunches are a Primary Source of Fresh Foods for Students
Washington, DC –Today, Plate of the Union, a grassroots campaign fighting for bold action to reform our out of balance food and farm policies, called on Congress to ensure the next Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) bill
“The Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill is an opportunity for Congress to show the nation’s commitment to improving children’s health. With a strong child nutrition bill, we can start to tackle troubling trends like the rising risk of type-2 diabetes and the falling life expectancy for children,” said Tom Colicchio, Food Policy Action co-founder and Plate of the Union advisor. “At this vital moment in food policy — and with two very different CNR bills being considered in Congress — presidential candidates should make their positions known and provide voters with an understanding of how they would ensure access to nutritious options for our children.”
The health of our children is a national issue that should be a top priority for all politicians as they develop new policies with far-reaching implications in and out of schools. A key part of Plate of the Union’s work includes calling on candidates to commit to pushing forward policies that keep our kids healthy, stop companies from marketing junk food to kids, and end subsidies that support processed junk food.
“Research shows that children receiving free and reduced-price lunches at school are more likely to consume fruits and vegetables than other students. At the same time, these children are also more likely to eat junk food outside of school, which contributes the likelihood of chronic diet-related diseases now and in the future,” said Ashley Koff, RD, and Plate of the Union Advisory Board member. “Clearly, the federal school lunch program is a lifeline for millions of kids, and an example of how smart investments today can curtail health care costs tomorrow. With funding for national child nutrition programs being voted upon this year, the presidential candidates should share their views on these programs as well as their plans for making bold reforms to our food system so that children have access to healthy meals at school and at home.”
Plate of the Union members joined other national hunger and food policy advocates on Capitol Hill this week to speak up about the importance of supporting child nutrition and to raise concerns about the failure to do so.
About Plate of the Union: Plate of the Union is a collaborative campaign driven by Food Policy Action, Food Policy Action Education Fund, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and the HEAL Food Alliance to raise the voice of Americans who care about food and farm issues during this election season. More can be found at www.plateoftheunion.com.