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Congress serves up a better lunch for American children

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NEW YORK, N.Y. and#8212; More than 31 million children in American schools will have a chance of a better school lunch as the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (S. 3307) passed.

and#8220;Cheetos with cheese does not have a place in a school lunch program,and#8221; said Josh Viertel, president of Slow Food USA. and#8220;It is about time we gave children the school lunch they deserve.and#8221;

and#8220;We know that our food system is broken when the food we feed our children will cause one in three to develop diabetes, and when obesity levels are at an all-time high. This Bill is far from perfect, and has involved large compromises, but is a great achievement towards our end goal of making kids healthier,and#8221; he continued.

Slow Food USA members have been campaigning for the past two years with more than 160,000 Slow Food members joining the and#8216;Time for Lunchand#8217; Campaign. Thousands signed petitions, e-mailed or called legislators or attended one of over 300 and#8220;Eat Insand#8221; that were held in all 50 states.

and#8220;The bill will also help support local family farmers who supply the produce for school lunch through Farm to School programs.and#8221;

After sending her child to school and seeing the quality of the food schools are forced to serve, Slow Food member and child nutrition advocate for the past 16 years, Dr. Susan Rubin decided to take action.

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and#8220;What a people donand#8217;t realize is that there are a lot of children who rely on school lunch as their main meal of the day. The health of our children is one of the most important investments we can make,and#8221; she said.

Slow Food USA fuels a powerful grassroots movement boasting 225 chapters and a community thatand#8217;s over 200,000 members strong. We are committed to bringing about change in our entire food system by creating a world where food is good for you, good for the planet, and good for the grower.

For more information contact Kate Walsh 917-445-7871 or kate.walsh@slowfoodusa.org.

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