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50,000 Sign Petition Asking for Vegetarian School Lunches

Wyntergrace handing signatures to Jesse Jackson, Jr.More than 50,000 of you signed the Healthy School Lunch Petition. You let Congress know that bad food is unfair to students and can risk their health. You told your representatives that students deserve healthy options—more fruits, vegetables, vegetarian meals, and nondairy beverages. And last month, your signatures were presented on Capitol Hill. But the petition needs 50,000 more signatures.

Fourteen-year-old Wyntergrace Williams visited Capitol Hill to present Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., chairwoman of Congressional Black Caucus, with the petition. More than 50,000 students and adults signed, backing low-fat meatless lunch options. High-fat school lunches are damaging students’ health and contributing to skyrocketing obesity rates, says Montel Williams’ daughter.

Wyntergrace, who also met with Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr., D-Ill., has joined PCRM in calling on Congress to fight childhood obesity by helping schools serve more fruits, vegetables, and low-fat vegetarian meals. PCRM is asking the Congressional Black Caucus to support reform during the upcoming reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act, which regulates the National School Lunch Program and other federal nutrition programs.

“Eighty percent of schools still serve too much greasy, fattening food to meet the government's own nutrition guidelines,” says PCRM president Neal Barnard, M.D. “Healthy vegetarian choices could help improve the health of all students, including African-Americans and other minorities disproportionately affected by diabetes and other chronic diseases.”

PCRM’s petition also asks Congress to support the addition of nondairy calcium-rich beverage options in the National School Lunch Program. Current guidelines require school lunches to include cow's milk, despite that many students cannot tolerate lactose.

Wyntergrace was the first to sign PCRM’s Healthy School Lunch Petition. Thousands of you have joined her. But if you haven’t, please sign it now. Then find out about the other ways you can become a Healthy School Lunch Revolution activist.

To learn more about the Healthy School Lunch Revolution, watch Wyntergrace’s new Healthy School Lunch TV commercial, and add your name to the petition, visit

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Wyntergrace Williams and Rep. Barbara Lee

PCRM Online, July 2009

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