Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Kids' Nutrition: tell Lugar we're not talking about goats

Indiana Senator Richard Lugar serves on the Agricultural Committee that today has started marking up the bill that will plan our kids' menus.

The Child Nutrition Act proposes more funding for kids' nutrition programs, better nutrition standards, and support for Farm to School programs. It's not the end-all solution, but it's an important step in the right direction. So now is our chance to take three minutes to contact Senator Lugar (202.224.4814 or email) and ask him to represent his constituents' interests by

  • 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
While our own memories of horrid school lunch food may be enough to call for change, there are hoards of experts, statistics, teachers, and even kids who can point to the damaging effects of lacking good, clean, and fair food for children. And if the reports aren't enough, well, they say a picture is worth a thousand words.

Join the Goose and contact your senator to support better food for kids!

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