2009 is the year that School Food could get an over-haul. Every 5 years the National School Lunch Program is reauthorized and 2009 is our next chance to make possitive change.
We need to make some significent changes:
Increase the reimbursement rate by $1.00 per lunch in the short term and in the long-term mandate Universal Breakfast and Lunch
The additional funding should be mandated to be spent on fresh unprocessed foods with a priority on fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains
We need money for facility updates so that schools can cook and funding for professional development so that food service workers know how to cook
Funding for hands-on experiential learning in cooking and gardening classes is necessary to help change our children’s relationship to food and funding for positive marketing to make school food - cool food
And finally we need to raise the school food guidelines so that Chicken Nuggets - Tater Tots - Chocolate Milk and Canned Fruit Cocktail is not considered a “healthy” meal