School lunch bill puts 2% milk on the lam
http://www.flickr.com/photos/chidorian/106713617/ Mm . . . carbtastic.
According to this New York Times article, which offers a more comprehensive look at the bill, $4.5 billion will be added to child nutrition programs, including school lunch. While this is less than half of President Obama's proposed $10 billion increase in 10 years, the bill does include some historic changes, such as $40 million for farm-to-school programs and school gardens, $10 million toward pilot programs to add organic food, and millions more to train cafeteria workers. Hallelujah.
Still, the reform will be slow going. The saddest quote in the article came from Margo Wootan, director of nutrition policy for the advocacy group Center for Science in the Public Interest. After fighting to improve school nutrition standards for 17 years, she says, "This is the strongest child nutrition reauthorization bill I have ever seen. We can't go from candy bars to apples in one fell swoop." We know there's a lot more to it, but we have to wonder--why?