Child Nutrition Reauthorization
As Congress reauthorizes all child nutrition programs in 2015, United Fresh’s priority will be to protect programs and policies that increase children’s fresh fruit and vegetable consumption, including healthier school meals, Smart Snacks in Schools and the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.
We also recognize that schools need more refrigeration and other equipment/infrastructure upgrades in order to serve more fresh fruits and vegetables. United Fresh is committed to ensuring students have access to a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables in school and that every meal include at least a ½ cup of a fruit or vegetable. We strongly support the updated fruit and vegetable standards that makes the healthy choice the easy choice for 32 million students every day.
Our priorities for the 2015 Childhood Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) are as follows:
- Protect all of the fruit and vegetable school meal standards, including the requirement that students must select at least a ½ cup of a fruit or vegetable at every meal
- Support the School Food Modernization Act to authorize funding for needed cafeteria equipment and infrastructure to ensure schools can serve healthier meals
- Protect the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program and ensure it remains a “fresh” fruit and vegetable program
- Improve and streamline USDA/school district procurement of fresh fruits and vegetables to ensure schools can serve more fresh fruits and vegetables
United Fresh, working together with our allies in the produce industry and nutrition community, will remind Congress “how can you call it a meal if it doesn’t have at least a ½ cup of fruit or vegetable? Shouldn’t the Dietary Guidelines recommendation to “make ½ your plate fruits and vegetables start at school?”
United Fresh Action:
September 9, 2015 | Letter from the Fresh Produce Industry on Child Nutrition Reauthorization