Thursday, December 16, 2010

Happy Holidays, School Children of America!

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On Monday President Obama signed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Act of 2010 into law.  The law will increase the federal reimbursement for free school lunches by 6 cents a meal at a time when many school officials say they can't afford to provide the meals. The bill will also expand access to free lunch programs and allow 20 million additional after-school meals to be served annually in all 50 states. Most states now only provide money for after-school snacks.

As a former public school teacher, and a current social worker working with homeless families, I can tell you that this is a much needed step in the right direction.  Well done, President and Mrs. Obama!  Read more about it here.

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In other healthy food news, I am currently reading Spoon Fed: How Eight Cooks Saved My Life by Kim Severson.  The part I am just finishing is about Alice Waters, arguably the most influential person in starting the Slow Food movement in America, America's modern organic, local food movement and garden-based education in schools.  The idealism of this woman is truly inspiring.  I am excited to read on about the other cooks that saved Severson's life--so far a good read.

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