Please take a moment to call or write your legislators and encourage them to pass a Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization (CNR). The last version - known as the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 - expired on September 30! Without a new similar law, many important rules that require schools to provide fresh, healthy food to students will disappear.
The reauthorization is import too, because it can expand farm to school programs by including them in the new law. Let your legislators know that you support the inclusion of the Farm to School Act of 2015 in CNR’s reauthorization.
Farm to School Programs work! The United States Department of Agriculture’s Farm to School census reports that seventy-five percent of respondents with farm to school programs reported at least one of the following positive benefits as a result of participating in farm to school:
• Reduced plate waste (17 percent);
• Improved acceptance of the healthier school meals (28 percent);
• Increased participation in school meals programs (17 percent);
• Lower school meal program costs (21 percent); and
• Increased support from parents and community members for the healthier school meals (39 percent).