President Obama signed the re-authorization of the 1966 Child Nutrition Act on Monday, December 13th. What does this mean?
The act permits funds for federal school meal and children nutrition programs, and is designed to increase access to healthy food for low-income children. It gives the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) the authority to set nutrition standards for all foods sold regularly in school, including in vending machines, lunch lines and school stores.
I asked a few of my friends who are parents if they were aware of this act and many were not. However, all of them prepare lunch for their children daily since they do not feel good about the quality of food being provided in New York City public schools. When I asked one parent what she packs for her daughter, she said:
1/2 sandwich (turkey, cheese or PB&J)
1/2 cup of raw almonds
1 piece of fruit (grapes, 1/2 apple or pear sliced, orange)
1 veggie (carrots, cucumber, or celery) and not the baby carrots
juice (100% juice without artificial coloring, preservatives or flavoring)
For more info as to what this act includes, click below: