The new legislation, which now becomes a high-priority component of overall Children Nutrition legislation in 2010, is intended to provide policy direction to the USDA to work with schools to promote the adoption of fruit and vegetable salad bars and other strategies to increase access to fruits and vegetables in school meals. Additional funding for school lunch programs will be considered in the Child Nutrition Reauthorization.
The bill is the latest chapter in a partnership between Farr and United Fresh, who collaborated in the fall to showcase a school salad bar to lawmakers during United’s Fresh Festival on Capitol Hill, then donate the salad bar to a Washington-area elementary school. Now, Farr and Putnam, along with 14 other original co-sponsors, are working to make school salad bars a nationwide reality.
Original co-sponsors on the bill include Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Laura Richardson (D-CA), Steve Kagen (D-WI), Michael Michaud (D-ME), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), Doris Matsui (D-CA), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), James Moran (D-VA), Jim Costa (D-CA), José Serrano (D-NY), Joe Courtney (D-CT), Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Lois Capps (D-CA).
For more information on child nutrition and the 2010 reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act, visit www.unitedfresh.org.