We need this bill brought to the floor for a vote before the Congressional recess starts Aug. 9th. Healthy Schools Campaign makes it easy to send a letter. Click here. The current legislation governing school lunches expires at the end of Sept. and school starts even before that. We can't afford to lose the momentum of this bill and the additional funds and nutritional standards it provides. Call Congress Today.
Ask that Chicken Sent to Schools at Least Meet Fast Food Standards
MoPIRG would like you to sign their petition to Michelle Obama asking that spent hens and chicken that would be rejected by KFC not be donated to schools as USDA commodities for lunch. Seems reasonable.
Stop Junk Food Marketing to Kids
From the Center for Science in the Public Interest:
Fruit Gushers, Kid Cuisine Pepperoni Double Stuffed Pizza, and Cookie Crisp Sprinkles cereal--that’s what companies consider to be healthy foods that are OK to market to kids. If you disagree, I hope you will take action today.
Last year, the Center for Science in the Public Interest worked with Senator Harkin to pass a law requiring an Interagency Working Group with representatives from the Federal Trade Commission, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop model nutrition standards for food marketing to children. While those standards were initially to be released in February, parents and public health experts are still waiting.
Please contact the agencies in the Interagency Working Group and the White House today and tell them that protecting children from junk-food marketing cannot wait! Urge them to release strong marketing standards this summer.
Margo Wootan, DSc.
Director, Nutrition Policy
Center for Science in the Public Interest