In two recent Civil Eats articles I’ve discussed serious concerns about the draft Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) bill authored by the House Education and the Workforce Committee.
Among other things, the bill would undermine school nutrition standards, limit the Community Eligibility Provision, allow junk food to once again flood school campuses and weaken the Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program.
Today I want to share with you the thoughts of Youth for Healthy Schools, a group I profiled here last summer. As I explained in that post, students of color are the largest demographic served by the National School Lunch Program, yet their voices often go unheard in Congressional debates about how the program is funded or should operate.
Y4HS definitely has something to say about the House CNR bill. Here’s one quote, from a ninth grader who’s part of the organization:
“I read about the House’s reauthorization bill and it’s very discouraging. Our families in Southwest Denver already have to work hard to make sure we have access to fresh, healthy food. Does the federal government really care about the health of students like me? About hungry kids in my school who have trouble concentrating?”
You can read the group’s one-page statement in full here.
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