July 11, 2012
It’s a no-brainer: our nation’s schoolchildren deserve to eat fresh, healthy, local food in schools – and with that, the opportunity to develop healthy eating habits for life.
Why doesn’t the House Agriculture Committee see this?
The House Agriculture Committee released its draft 2012 Farm Bill late last week, and it has problems. One major issue? The House missed out on a critical opportunity (that would cost nothing!) to make it easier for schools to purchase fresh, healthy, local food for children’s lunches.
Produce and meat from nearby farms on school lunch trays – it seems like a smart, simple concept. Yet the opportunity for farmers to create jobs, spur economic growth, and provide healthy and wholesome foods to schoolchildren is often harder than it seems. The 2012 Farm Bill could fix this – and you can help!
Please call or email your Representative TODAY and ask him or her to vote for the Pingree-Gibson-Ellmers amendment!
Representatives Pingree, Gibson, and Ellmers have introduced an amendment that will make it easier for farmers to supply food to local school districts. It establishes pilot projects to allow schools to use program dollars from USDA Foods (a school food distribution program) to purchase produce from local farmers. This is a win-win for farmers and for schoolchildren!
Every single call or email you make has an impact on how your Representative will vote tomorrow!
It takes just a moment – click here to speak out for farm to school today!
Thank you for all that you do,
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Grassroots Team
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