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Sad to see Congress block attempt to make school lunches healthier

Fries were scooped into containers during lunch at Gardiner High School in Gardiner, Maine. Congress wants to keep pizza and French fries on school lunch lines, fighting against an Obama administration proposal.
Fries were scooped into containers during lunch at Gardiner High School in Gardiner, Maine. Congress wants to keep pizza and French fries on school lunch lines, fighting against an Obama administration proposal. (Pat Wellenbach/Associated Press/File 2011)

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.

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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.

Glynn Lloyd

Chief executive

Sarah Atwood

Nutritionist and compliance manager

City Fresh Foods Inc.

Roxbury