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There’s a food fight in Congress!

by Mark F. on Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Believe it or not, there’s a heated debate in Congress right now over fresh fruits and vegetables in schools. And we need you to help us be the voice of reason.

Will you take a moment to tell your legislators why providing kids with access to fresh fruits and vegetables during the school day is important to their health and nutrition education?

It’s hard to imagine why some Members of Congress would want to change the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, which effectively:

Provides more than 3 million elementary school students in over 7,000 schools in lower income areas across the country with a fresh fruit of vegetable snack every day at school.

Exposes children to a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables that they may not otherwise have access to.

Increases kids’ daily consumption of fresh produce, which is critical to a healthy diet, without increasing their average intake of calories.

Supports local farmers and grocers who help supply the schools with fresh fruits and vegetables.

However, despite this success, some lawmakers have offered proposals to the Farm Bill that would cut funding for the program by 1/3 and allow other types of snacks to be served, weakening the integrity of the program, as outlined in an article on Education Week’s blog today.

We can’t allow this to happen. Send a quick email of support today to help defend the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable program!

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