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USDA Unveils Historic Improvements to Meals Served in America’s Schools
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USDA Celebrates One Year Anniversary of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010
Congress passed an Agriculture spending bill that weakens the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) ability to implement strong standards for school meals. As a result of industry lobbying, the bill protects the dominant position of pizza and French fries in school lunches. Tell Congress that you are disappointed that they didn’t stand up for children’s health.
August 16, 2011
USDA Announces Historic School Nutrition Improvements as Children Return to School
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Every five years, Congress renews the “Farm Bill,” a comprehensive piece of legislation that includes farm and agricultural policies and that also includes the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The last Farm Bill was passed in 2008. It made several improvements to help the tens of millions of people in this country who are struggling against hunger and trying to stretch limited budgets to buy healthy food.
The Senate and House Agriculture Committees will hold hearings in 2011 to prepare for the 2012 Farm Bill. Learn more about the Farm Bill here
December 13, 2010
President Obama signed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act into law less than two weeks after the House of Representatives passed it. Obama was joined by many officials and his wife, first lady Michelle Obama, who has been a strong advocate for childhood nutrition. “We can all agree that in the wealthiest nation on Earth, all children should have the basic nutrition they need to learn and grow and to pursue their dreams, because in the end, nothing is more important than the health and well-being of our children. Nothing,” she said. “And our hopes for their future should drive every single decision that we make.”
Visit http://tinyurl.com/33xmxuy to view more on the act.
November 18, 2010
Read about the resolution passed by the House to promote Farm to School Programs here.
August 2, 2010
Read A food bill we need, an Op-Ed by Michelle Obama
The Washington Post
July 1, 2010
The House Education and Labor Committee will examine the “Improving Nutrition for America’s Children Act,” bipartisan legislation to improve the nutritional quality of meals in schools and child care settings introduced earlier this month. The bill would dramatically expand access for millions of children to healthy meals year-round in schools, child care, and community based settings and for the first time, establish nutrition standards for foods sold outside of the cafeteria.
June 29, 2010
Ban on Sale of Sugared Sports Drinks at Schools Approved by Assembly Health Committee
Read all about it here! (OUSD is once again ahead of the curve; we have banned all sugar-sweetened beverages sold during school hours since 2006!)
June 16, 2010
Read about the progress of Senate Bill 1255 to ban sugary sports drinks in schools
April 1, 2010
Update on Child Nutrition Reauthorization
The legislation would boost funding to $450 million per year, including a performance-based 6 cent increase in the federal reimbursement rate for school lunches. It also includes many critical improvements to the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program, including:
- Granting the Secretary of Agriculture the authority to establish national nutrition standards for all foods sold on the school campus throughout the school day;
- Expanding universal meal service through community eligibility; a new option allowing high-poverty schools to offer free meals to all students without collecting paper applications;
- Establishing professional standards for school nutrition personnel and providing additional training for the individuals who operate the federal school nutrition programs;
- Directing the Secretary of Agriculture to provide guidance on allowable charges to school nutrition programs to prevent inappropriate charges;
- Expanding direct certification for school meals to include children who eligible for Medicaid; and
- Expanding access to afterschool meals and the Summer Food Service Program.
This bill as a strong first step towards strengthening these programs; additional efforts are needed to reach the $1 billion per year requested by President Barack Obama.How can you help?Tell your legislators to support Child Nutrition Reauthorization here and get involved in other ways.