Raise up your voices on Washington for better school lunches

March 30, 2010 at 9:15 am

And a child shall lead them…

Okay, we’ve heard that phrase before. But protests by children in Chicago did make an impact on changing the menus in the Chicago school lunch program.

There is a bill going through Congress that will try and improve school lunches. Except for inflation, there hasn’t been an increase in what we spend on school lunches since 1973. Yes, since before cable and gas was under 50¢ a gallon.

But the increase has been watered down so far. Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) stepped in and reduced the increase to 6¢ per lunch.

Our children deserve so much better than this.

This is the time to step up interest. There is a lot more to the legislation than just the cost of school lunches. Where they can get the food, and the quality of the food itself is up for grabs in this debate.

And this is an election year, so stepping up and letting your elected representatives know what you think is a great way to start.

For more on this issue, I invite you to read my newest entry in my blog: BalanceofFood.com.