Children's Health is 1st Priority--Keep School Foods Healthy
Dear [Decision Maker],
I am writing to ask you to oppose any effort to weaken school foods standards through the appropriations process.For the past two years, schools across the country have worked hard to meet updated nutrition standards for school meals. Now ninety percent of schools meet the updated standards for school lunch, and studies show that they are increasing kids' fruit and vegetable intake.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is listening and responding to the challenges that some schools are facing as they update their meal patterns. The Department removed the weekly maximums for grains and protein foods, made adjustments to the school lunch pricing requirements, and is providing technical assistance and support to schools to help them meet the new meal patterns.Congress should not micromanage school nutrition standards through the appropriations process. What is being billed as bringing "flexibility" to the school foods programs instead would significantly weaken reasonable standards for salt, whole grains, fruits/vegetables, and snacks. And locking outdated nutrition standards into practice will harm children's health now and in the future.
President Truman first inaugurated the school lunch program, and it has long enjoyed a history of bipartisan support. I urge you to go back to those bipartisan roots for school foods and ensure that Congress does not play politics with our children's health.Can I count on you to stand up for our kids and oppose weakening the school funds programs through the appropriations process? I look forward to your reply.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]
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