“LAST WEEK Farm to School Bills Introduced and Soon to Be Introduced! NSAC learned last week that Representative Rush Holt (NJ-12) will be introducing a bill in the next few weeks that proposes to authorize $50 million in mandatory funding for the Farm to School program. NSAC and its farm to school collaborative partners, the Community Food Security Coalition and Farm to School Network are encouraging people to contact their Representatives and urge them to co-sponsor Rep. Holt’s bill. If you have any questions, please contact the NSAC office: 202-547-5754. If the bill is introduced yet this week, we will issue a blog posting with more information. Also last week, Representative Sam Farr (CA-17) introduced the Children’s Fruit and Vegetable Act (HR 4333) which includes several provisions that would increase the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables in school cafeterias, as well as $50 million in mandatory funding for the Farm to School program. HR 4333 has been referred to the House Education and Labor Committee and Agriculture Committee. NSAC is quite pleased to see our efforts on Farm to School begin to take shape as legislation and we congratulate Representative Farr and Holt for their leadership. The reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act is expected to be front and center in Congress next year (see related article below).”—National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition » Archive » Weekly Update – December 14-18, 2009
One example of his efforts is the much-lauded Alabama Farm to School Program, which takes locally grown fruits and vegetables and puts them on the lunch plates of our schoolchildren. Through that initiative, kids all over Alabama enjoy satsumas, some of which are grown in and around the Mobile County city of the same name.
CM Mary Cheh (Ward 3) and Council Chair Vincent Gray (At-large) have co-introduced B18-564, “Healthy Schools Act of 2009.” The legislation seeks to improve the whole of the school experience from a health and wellness perspective, from food to good quality air, at both DCPS and public charter schools.
“The food scene in many cities is full to busting with experiments by social entrepreneurs, co-ops, community agencies and non-governmental organizations. Community gardens, green roofs, community kitchens, farm-to-school meal programs, Seedy Saturday heritage seed exchanged, farmers’ markets, cool restaurant districts, slow food banquets, food policy councils and city food strategies are the talk of the town.”—Monday Review: The No-Nonsense Guide to World Food « Pan Magazine