Earlier this week, I received this lovely email:
Our entire office follows your blog, we love your perspective and energy.
Your recent posts inspired us to send an opinion piece to our our local paper, which resulted in today’s front page story about Maine’s successful implementation the current nutrition standards.
We just wanted to pass along and share our support for the standards.
The Let’s Go! team
Please take a minute to read the Portland Press Herald article and learn about Let’s Go!, a public/private partnership of health organizations helping Maine successfully implement — and exceed — the new federal school meal standards.
From the Portland Press Herald:
So far about 93,000 schoolchildren, more than half the total public school population in Maine, are eating Let’s Go! lunches that exceed federal nutrition standards. Compared with the national average, Maine has more than triple the percentage of schools that have achieved a “U.S. Healthier Schools” designation – meaning schools that served meals well above the federal nutrition minimums.
Accounts like these (and my post on Monday about the USDA Team Up program) show that successfully meeting the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act standards is entirely possible when schools receive adequate support. So let’s put our effort into finding and funding that support — instead of rolling back the nutritional standards which improve kids health.
Thanks to the Let’s Go team for taking the time to write and sharing your story. You made my day!
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