As kids across the country head back to school, some members of Congress want to roll back progress on improving school lunches, despite the sky-high childhood obesity rates.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has proposed common-sense nutrition guidelines to improve school lunches and breakfasts, including more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat milk and less salt, unhealthy fats, and calories.
The French fry industry and other food interests are working to get Congress to stop USDA from finalizing these sensible school nutrition standards. The House of Representatives has already included a rider in its Agriculture spending bill urging USDA to start over from scratch and propose a new set of school meal standards—even though tens of thousands of parents and organizations wrote in to support these important improvements.
If industry is successful in convincing the Senate to do the same, the goal of seeing healthy school lunches in cafeterias across the country will be in serious jeopardy.
Please help by sending an email to both of your Senators today asking them to support USDA's efforts to improve school meals.
Margo G. Wootan, D.Sc.
Director, Nutrition Policy
Center for Science in the Public Interest