I am writing to ask you to oppose any effort to weaken school nutrition standards through the appropriations process. President Truman first inaugurated the National School Lunch Program, and it has enjoyed a long history of bipartisan support. I urge you to help Congress return to those bipartisan roots.
For the past two years, schools across the country have been working hard to meet updated nutrition standards for school meals. As a result, more than ninety percent of schools are serving more fruits, vegetables and whole grains through school lunch. Congress should support that progress, not roll it back.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is listening and responding to the challenges that some schools are facing as they work to serve healthier meals to kids. Congress should not micromanage the school lunch program through the appropriations process. What is being billed as bringing "flexibility" to the school meal programs actually would significantly weaken them and result in more unhealthy food for kids.
Can I count on you to stand up for our kids and oppose efforts to weaken school nutrition? I look forward to your reply.
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