From the Healthy Schools Campaign:
At Healthy Schools Campaign, we believe the healthy choice should be the easy choice. And parents who strive to give their kids nutritious food should know that their efforts are being reinforced at school. But the reality is that even if students have a healthy lunch, many are still consuming junk food, heavily processed snacks or sugary drinks—chips in the a la carte line, soda in the vending machines or candy in the school store.
Although new federal nutrition standards for school lunch programs have recently been implemented, the lack of regulation surrounding junk food and sugary beverages sets these new standards up for failure. Food and beverage items sold in schools outside of the National School Lunch Program are known as “competitive foods” because they do just that: they compete with healthier options in the school lunch program. But big changes may be ahead, and we need your help to make them happen. For the first time since 1979, the USDA has released proposed nutritional standards for snack food and beverages sold in schools, and they are asking for feedback.
We have partnered with our friends at PreventObesity.net so you can take action and make your voice heard. Please join us in telling the USDA why it's so important to implement effective standards that ensure our kids have access to healthy, nutritious food throughout the school day.
Thank you for your action on this important issue!