Sad to see Congress block attempt to make school lunches healthier
WE HAVE followed the recent debate regarding changes to the National School Lunch Program ( “Congress wants pizza, fries to stay in schools,’’ Page A2, Nov. 16). Based on recommendations from the Institute of Medicine, the proposal from the US Department of Agriculture aimed to increase the number of fruits and vegetables served in school lunches in order to reduce childhood obesity and chronic illness.
We were disappointed to see Congress yield to the food lobby and block these proposed changes in the recent spending bill, citing financial savings. Our lawmakers are being shortsighted in putting special interests above the well-being of our nation’s youth. If we don’t make our children’s health a priority, any savings we see now will be spent down the road on elevated health care costs.
As a provider of 3,500 daily school lunches in the Boston area, we believe that providing children with access to nutritious foods is not only possible, but is our responsibility.
Nutritionist and compliance manager
City Fresh Foods Inc.