from national pta
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
|You don’t have to be a card-carrying PTA member to support children …but we encourage you to join your voice with our voice for all kids – both at your school and in our advocacy!|
Urge Congress Not to Stand in the Way of Healthier School Lunches
As our children head back to school, some members of Congress want to roll back progress on improving school lunches, despite the sky-high childhood obesity rates.
PTA members, we need your help to send a loud and clear message to Congress that we want healthier school meals.
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.
Unfortunately, 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 supported 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 jeopardy.
Please send an email to both of your Senators today asking them to support USDA's efforts to improve school meals.
To take action, CLICK HERE