The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has proposed common-sense standards to improve school lunches and breakfasts by including more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains; fat-free and low-fat milk; less salt; fewer unhealthy saturated and trans fats; moderate calories; and better accountability. However, some Members of Congress are trying to stop USDA’s efforts to improve school meals.
We need your help to urge Congress to support these standards so that all children have access to healthy school meals.
To support USDA’s efforts to finalize strong standards and ensure schools begin to serve healthier breakfasts and lunches, please send an email to your Member of Congress asking him/her to sign on to the Miller/Polis letter. The letter urges implementation of the new school meal standards within USDA’s proposed timeline.
A model letter that you can adapt and send is provided here. Your email today can help make improvements to the school meal programs a reality by the 2012 school year.
Director, Nutrition Policy
Center for Science in the Public Interest
You can also read this background piece on the Food Industry's frantic lobbying in this article from Food Safety News.