As reported here back in May, the School Nutrition Association (SNA) has parted ways with its former House Republican allies over the latter’s controversial proposal, contained in the House Education & the Workforce Committee’s Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) bill, to block grant school food in three states.
Why are block grants so controversial? By eliminating the National School Lunch Program’s guaranteed federal funding, states run the risk of running out of money in an economic downturn and putting hungry kids at risk. Moreover, as the SNA notes with alarm,”States could abandon all federal nutrition mandates, and under the proposed pilot, states would be required to only serve one ‘affordable’ meal a day to students, threatening recent national progress in expanding student access to healthy school breakfasts.”
So yesterday the SNA went to Capitol Hill for a “national day of action” to protest the block grant proposal, and it was joined by a number of prominent congressional Democrats, the Food Research & Action Center, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and other advocacy groups. Politico‘s Angelica Lavito reports that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi promised at the rally to do “whatever it takes” to make sure the bill “never sees the light of day on the floor of the House.”
In other school food news….
- A child in Alabama with an outstanding school meal balance had his arm stamped with the words, “I need lunch money.” Critics were appalled.
- San Francisco school food advocate Dana Woldow reports on the apparent failure of recent efforts to increase meal participation in that city.
- On June 6th, high schoolers from across the country came to Washington, D.C, to compete in the “Cooking Up Change” school food contest. Find out who won – and what they cooked for the judges – here.
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