While I was in DC last week, food policy reporter Helena Bottemiller Evich published an interesting piece in Politico Pro, now outside the paywall, which I’ve been meaning to share.
In it, she reports on the possibility of using a little-noticed provision in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act to require schools to test their drinking water for dangerous contaminants such as lead. And as this recent PBS News Hour report makes clear, lead in school drinking water is hardly a problem confined to Flint, Michigan.
Funds would need to be appropriated to pay for the testing, which Evich’s piece pegs at about$7.6 million to reach all the schools participating in the National School Lunch Program. And, of course, if lead or other contaminants were found, more funds would be needed to remedy the problem.
You can read the Politico piece here.
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