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May 22, 2017
Children have a right to healthy food at school

Read Project Bread Executive Director Ellen Parker and Board Chair Dr. Ronald E. Kleinman's op-ed published in The Boston Globe on Monday, May 22, "Children have a right to healthy food at school."

On May 1, 2017, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue proclaimed his intention to roll back the recently updated and reformed federal nutrition standards for school lunches. Opining that children won’t eat whole grain grits and won’t drink 1 percent milk, the secretary took this step in order to “make school food great again.”

As longtime advocates for healthy school meals for schoolchildren, we agree that school meals should be great — our children deserve nothing less. We respectfully differ with the secretary on one point. Children will eat meals that meet the higher nutrition standards — and there is ample evidence to support our claim. Here’s the context.

Click here to read the rest of the op-ed.

Filed under: Informing Public Policy, Healthy Food, News and Events, Children and Schools