Does President Obama’s proposed freeze on discretionary spending include federal meal programs for schools? Debra Eschmeyer, head of the National Farm-to-School Network, says now is not the time to shrink from improving the quality of school food, not when children are caught up in an obesity epidemic, not when the U.S. is spending $1 million per soldier in Afganistan.
Those subsidized school meal programs, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, are renewed every five years. This just happens to be a renewal year, so Congress is now considering the current state of school meals and whether additional funding will be forthcoming.
In case you have any doubts about the need for better school food, you can read the six-part series of articles I wrote after spending a week in the kitchen of my daughter’s elementary school here in the District of Columbia. Read Eschmeyer’s passionate reasoning for increased federal support at the Huffington Post.