Please read the following letter from Amie Hamlin of the New York Coalition for Healthy School Food (NYCHSF), and click on the link to reach your representative. The NYCHSF is a statewide nonprofit that works to improve the health and well-being of New York’s students by advocating for healthy plant-based foods, including local and organic where possible, farm to school programs, school gardens, the elimination of unhealthy competitive foods in all areas of the school (not just the cafeteria), comprehensive nutrition policy, and education to create food- and health-literate students.
They work in all of our best interest!
Dear School Food Advocates,
Congress is reconvening today for the “Lame duck” session. We’ve heard from DC that the House may not return for the last week of legislative session after Thanksgiving, and so they will likely vote on the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (the Child Nutrition Bill) as part of an omnibus bill during the first days of this week. In light of this, it is important to contact your Congressional Representative right away.
We recommend that you ask your Representative to “Please pass the child nutrition bill along with a restoration to the SNAP (food stamps) cut.” The SNAP cut is part of how Congress plans to pay for the Child Nutrition Act. We don’t want to diminish children’s ability to access good food at school or at home. You can find your Representative’s contact information here.
While we are very disappointed at the low amount of funding for this bill (it adds only six cents more per meal, when First Lady Michelle Obama requested 18.5 cents and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand requested 70 cents), it will still make many positive changes to the school food environment, and thus we do want to see it pass. Will chicken nuggets be banned?The answer is no, so even after the bill passes, we still have a lot of work to do. Ultimately, it will take each of you at your district level to create the change we want to see.
We will keep you informed of any relevant news from DC through the week… and look forward to celebrating a hopefully positive outcome for students at school and at home!
Best wishes,
Amie Hamlin