Budget Cuts Threaten Healthier School Lunches in the Nation's Capital

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When Washington, DC, passed the "Healthy Schools" initiative earlier this year, it took a leap ahead of the rest of the country in terms of serving quality, healthy, food in it's school districts. With three in four students at risk of hunger and one in three overweight or obese, there is perhaps no place that needed such a program more.

But now, due to a $188 million gap in the city's budget, this program has been stripped of its funding.Grist writes:

The budget measure would halt payment of some $4.6 million that was to pay an extra 10 cents for every breakfast served in D.C. public schools, an extra 10 cents for every lunch, and 5 cents for every lunch meal that contained a locally grown component...Healthier food advocates...were scrambling to determine exactly what effect...[the] proposed budget measure would have.

Read more at Grist.org
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