Rep. Schakowsky “Mobilizing for Change”

February 28, 2009 at 10:33 am

The Evanston Health Community Task force is asking concerned constituents of Rep. Shakowsky to attend the Democratic Party of Evanston’s (DPOE) “Mobilizing for Change” planning session to voice concerns about the federal Child Nutrition Act:

Dissatisfied with USDA guidelines that shape the D65/202 meal programs?

Voice your concerns to U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky this Sunday at the Democratic Party of Evanston’s “Mobilizing for Change” planning session. Several of us plan to attend. The more Cong. Schakowsky hears from her constituents, the more she will be emboldened to act on our behalf. Below are event details as well as specific reforms being recommended by advocates on the pending re-authorization of the federal Child Nutrition Act.

Sunday’s DPOE/Cong. Schakowsky “Mobilizing for Change” planning session takes place at 3:30-5:30pm, March 1st at Levy Center, 300 Dodge. DPOE says the event “will resemble a larger version of the house parties held throughout the Obama campaign and now being implemented by the ‘Organizing for America’ initiative.” For more info, contact DPOE’s Toni Gilpin; 847 494-7302

A reform agenda for the federal Child Nutrition Act:

–Fully Fund the Access to Local Foods and School Gardens Initiative (Section 122 of the 2004 Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act) to $50 million in mandatory funds over five years to increase fresh fruits and vegetables consumption in school meals. This would include funding for staff training and menu planning needed for preparing unprocessed products, as well as for experiential nutrition education opportunities integrated with school gardens.

–Provide $10 million a year for non-food assistance grants to schools to facilitate purchases of purchase food preparation equipment (such as refrigeration, salad bars, etc.) to improve kitchen facilities and provide meals consistent with the Dietary Guidelines.

–Increase the Department of Defense (DoD) Fresh Program Funding or its equivalent up to $100 million per year, and encourage the purchase of local produce when possible.

For more information from the Evanston Health Community Task Force, visit their Google Group page.