Healthy School Lunch Revolution Gains Momentum
As Congress prepares to take up the Child Nutrition Act, it will be setting policies that determine what children are fed in schools. PCRM is encouraging lawmakers to include provisions for vegetarian options in all U.S. schools.
Tens of thousands of people have signed PCRM’s petition to ask Congress for healthy vegetarian school lunch options. PCRM also aired a television spot during CNN’s American Morning, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and other television programs. The commercial stars Montel Williams’ daughter Wyntergrace Williams.
Following the launch of her commercial, Wyntergrace joined Margaret Stephens-Aliendre, Ph.D., principal of a Title I elementary school in Washington, Neal Barnard, M.D., PCRM president, and other leading researchers and educators in a Capitol Hill briefing on the need for vegetarian foods in the National School Lunch Program.
The government has taken note of the demand for meatless options in school lunches. According to a U.S. Department of Agriculture official, more than 10,000 people voiced support for vegetarian and vegan options in the National School Lunch Program during USDA listening sessions, and many times that number have petitioned Congress since then.
Please visit HealthySchoolLunches.org and sign our petition today.
Twitter Co-Founder Speaks Out for Healthy School Lunches
Twitter co-founder Biz Stone has joined PCRM’s Healthy School Lunch Revolution. And he’s not the only one you might find “tweeting” about healthy school lunches on this microblog Web site.
In April, Stone sent a letter to Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., chair of the House Education and Labor Committee, which has jurisdiction over the Child Nutrition Act, asking for the addition of vegetarian-friendly options in school lunches.
Here is Miller’s tightly crafted tweet conforming to Twitter’s 140-character message limit: “Thanks 4 insight. Our goal 4 the child nutrition reauth is 2 improve children’s access 2 healthy & affordable meals at school.”
PCRM also joined the Twitter conversation. More than 700 people are already following PCRM to get real-time updates on the Healthy School Lunch Revolution. You can join them at Twitter.com/PCRM.