PCRM’s Healthy School Lunch Revolution
PCRM is working hard to put good nutrition at the forefront of the Child Nutrition Act reauthorization. Last year, PCRM members spoke out at USDA listening sessions to make sure the government heard how important it is to offer students healthful vegetarian foods.
PCRM organized a lecture in February to educate Capitol Hill staffers about how nutrition policy reform could help reverse the childhood obesity epidemic. Neal Barnard, M.D., president of PCRM, Robert Lawrence, M.D., director of the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, and Eboni Morris, M.P.P., health policy fellow for the National Urban League, discussed the urgent need to improve the food served in the nation’s lunch rooms.
PCRM experts—and parents, students, and community members everywhere—are now petitioning Congress to support healthy changes to child nutrition policies. PCRM’s petition, which already has thousands of signatures, asks that the new legislation include provisions for plant-based foods in school meal programs.
The first student to sign PCRM’s petition was Wyntergrace Williams, daughter of television show host Montel Williams. Wyntergrace circulated a petition at her own school to get plant-based options on the menu, and stars in a new PCRM television commercial encouraging students to help bring healthy foods into schools.
Now, students everywhere are asking their peers to sign on to ask Congress for more vegetarian options in the lunch line.
For information about how to get involved in PCRM’s Healthy School Lunch Revolution, please go to HealthySchoolLunches.org.