This message was in the most recent edition of the North Beach newsletter, the BeachComber. Several parents emailed us, urging us to spread the information. “The food in the schools now is terrible,” one parent emailed us. “This is our chance to make a difference. Smart food, smart children! Please help!”
We’ve got a brilliant opportunity RIGHT NOW to get better food into schools all over America, but we really need your help. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has drafted a new set of school meal standards as part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.
If these new standards are passed, schools will have to begin replacing junk and processed foods with lovely fresh, whole ingredients and it will be the first time in 15 years that nutrition standards in schools have really improved1. If they aren’t passed, children all over America will be facing more years of substandard, unhealthy food in their schools. To me, that’s unacceptable.
The USDA is taking public comments on these proposed standards as we speak, so PLEASE, PLEASE click on the link below and tell them you want these changes! There are plenty of powerful food companies and groups that won’t want these standards passed because they make big money from the current system. They’ll be sending in their comments too so it’s up to all of us to stand against them and make our voices count. Please join me in doing this. It will only take a minute or two out of your day, but it could mean better lives for kids all over America.
Here is the link to sign the petition. “I went to the link myself and it takes about 10 seconds to complete,” Cindy writes. “You do not need to have a child in school to participate.” For more information on the new school meal standards, click here