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The Improving Nutrition for America’s Children Act of 2010


My name is James Hartrick and this is my first blog post for the OFL Detroit Blog. I am a new Americorps member and you can read more about me here: I was reading the news the other day and happened upon an article in the CNN blog titled, “Better childhood nutrition needed, retired military officials say.” The statement and subsequent article was focusing on the upcoming U.S. House of Representatives vote on The Improving Nutrition for America’s Children Act of 2010. The act would:

  • Improve access to school meal programs
  • Improve access to out of school meal programs
  • Help schools and child care improve the quality of meals
  • Encourage public/partnerships in communities
  • Improve food safety requirements for school meals programs
  • Streamline program administration and support program integrity

Military leaders feel that the act is necessary to decrease childhood obesity which would increase the number of young adults who are qualified for national service.

The article also briefly mentions the creation of the National School Lunch program in 1945. Similar to The Improving Nutrition for America’s Children Act of 2010, the program was designed to combat hunger and bolster national security by allowing more children to eventually qualify for national service. National security has played a large role throughout American history in the nutrition information published by the USDA. One of the publications was NFC-4, the National Wartime Nutrition Guide (1943). The USDA’s first publication was Food For Young Children which was authored by Caroline Hunt in 1916. The USDA is gearing up to release a revision to their Guidelines for Americans by the end of this year. Keep your eyes peeled!

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Dorothy wrote an article about The Improving Nutrition for America’s Children Act of 2010 back in July. Remember, the legislation expires September 30! If you care about how well our kids eat in school contact your representative today!