Tell Big Business Not to Threaten School Lunch Programs

Target: Lorna Donatone, CEO of Sodexo North America

Goal: Serve healthy school lunches exceeding newly relaxed U.S. school nutrition guidelines.

Schools are now allowed to weaken the nutrition standards of their school lunch programs due to new regulations set by  the Trump Administration. This would severely undermine the efforts of former first lady Michelle Obama to help improve children’s health in the U.S. with the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Since then, the act has come under fire from Republican politicians for requiring schools to make lunches more nutritious, stop advertising and selling sugary, salty, fatty foods like soda and chocolate bars, and make free breakfasts available to all students in schools serving high-poverty populations. Now, the onus is on some of the country’s largest school lunch providers, like Sodexo, to provide healthy lunches that help American students learn and grow.

The act has worked wonders for improving health and reducing hunger in our nation’s youth, and 99 percent of schools are already in compliance with it, exposing the lies of the conservative Freedom Caucus, which claims that “the regulations have proven to be burdensome and unworkable for schools to implement.” Not only are the standards getting results, but they have the support the majority of parents across the country, who recognize the positive health impacts the legislation has had on their children’s health and well-being. Sign this petition to tell the CEO of Sodexo North America to make children’s health a priority and not let politicized regulations get in the way of having a positive impact on the lives of some of our nation’s most vulnerable, most promising citizens.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ms. Donatone,

Since 2010, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act has required schools to offer nutritious lunch options to our nation’s growing students, phased out the marketing and sale of unhealthy foods and beverages like candy and soda from cafeterias, and brought free breakfasts to poor students across the country who need them most. This has led to a significant improvement in the health and well-being of our students and is favored by the majority of parents and voters, and 99 percent of schools have already implemented the standards. Yet in spite of all the good that has come of the act, the USDA under the Trump administration has recently weakened its rules to appeal to Republican politicians who espouse lies about its burdens for ideological purposes.

More “flexibility” to meet nutrition standards could hurt the successes achieved over the past seven years, and should not be taken advantage of by any school lunch providers. Less nutritious lunches will have a deleterious effect on our children’s health and in turn the future of this country. I write to you today to urge you to hold your meals to the standards laid out in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act to prevent the loss of so much progress made in improving children’s health in the U.S., an immense source of pride for schools, parents, and children across this great nation.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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4 Comments

  1. Kathryn Irby says:

    Would you want your own child’s school lunch program to be threatened?? Think about it!!! Do not let this happen!!

  2. My kids & their friends HATED this lunch & was a volunteer & these lunches went into the trash-sooo much waste. My kids & those I babysat came to my home starving. They said they’d rather starve before eating school lunch.

    Try the food-Awful cardboard taste-mine also went in trash. And I eat & love all veggies & only 2 foods I don’t ear-raw ousyers @ liver I am very easy to please eater.

    Nutritious food is ONLY nutritios if it is actually consumed. This I believe is more pollitical or maybe hurts feelings & our kids are too important to politicize them.

    How about using some spices like I do & use fresher foods instead so kids ACTUALLY EAT the food. Hey-Maybe consult Jamie Oliver guy on TV. Kids actually liked & ate his food & was Nutritious too.

    Side note: Please note you have the same person signing this petition 3x in a row. What’s with that? Not a good example to our children.

    A vote for this is a vote for bad tasting nutritious food to go in the trash.

  3. Gillian Miller Gillian Miller says:

    Professionals have been begging to overturn the appalling mess that Michelle has made of the lunch system. Most of the food has been thrown away as it is so unappetising and inedible.

    Many of you are supporting this as being pro-Obama but Michelle is not qualified or competent to make such suggestions. From what I have seen about this, the very best thing is that someone who knows what they are doing should be making diet changes for children.

  4. Rosslyn Osborne says:

    I would love to see all fresh food that is nutritious and tasty for the children. This type of food doesn’t take much to make it fun and tasty and have the kids wanting more… It isn’t that hard to do?
    Yep, maybe you need to contact qualified chefs like Jamie Oliver and the like to show these places how to make food fun and good for kids!
    I won’t be signing at this stage as I really abhor food wastage!

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