The thing is, it's not easy to make a healthy, nutritious school lunch on just one or two dollars. Which is just how much money is currently available per meal. Even Obama's newest budget proposal will only add an additional $.20 per kid.
And yet, the problem is more complicated than this. School lunches won't get better just because they cost more. It's going to take a thoughtful, refined effort to provide our children with the nutritious, healthy food they deserve.
That's why you should know about two important pieces of Virginia legislation that have been introduced this year. Both have the potential to get more healthy, locally-grown fruits and vegetables into our schools.
First up, one that could use your support:
- HB398 would facilitate the purchase of Virginia-grown food products by state agencies, institutions and local public school divisions to the maximum extent possible. Virginia schools currently spend more than $6 million annually on fresh produce — shouldn't some (or all!) of that money stay right here in VA?
Next up, a joint resolution that just passed last week. Hoorah!
- HJ95 designates the second full week of November, in 2010 and in each succeeding year, as Virginia Farm-to-School Week in the Commonwealth. (In case you missed it, this very program helped the Local Food Hub supply 17 schools in our region with fresh fruits and vegetables this year. We look forward to keeping this tradition alive and well.)
So, your homework for tonight? Get the scoop on this latest legislation, and do what you can to help.
HB398: Summary | Actual Bill
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