Congress only has a few weeks left to pass the Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) this year, so we’re organizing a paper plate campaign to share with legislators the many reasons that healthy school meals and farm to school are vital for a healthier next generation.
At the 8th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference last month, more than 350 people joined us in writing and drawing on paper plates what school meals and farm to school mean to their communities. Here’s a snapshot of what people said:
Kids are what they eat and will eat what they grow. Let them grow healthy!
School meals may be the best meal of the day! Make it good, make it great. Tasty, healthy food for ALL.
Helping schools source local produce improves freshness and quality and builds and supports the local economy.
School meals fuel healthy bodies & strong minds!
In the next few weeks, we’ll be delivering these plates to lawmakers as they continue to debate this important piece of legislation.
There’s still time to participate in our paper plate campaign! Share your farm to school message on a paper plate (add your name, city and zipcode to the back) and send it to our office in Washington, D.C. We’ll hand deliver your plate to Congress and send a strong message to legislators that school meals and farm to school are an important part of growing healthy kids. As a reminder, this activity is not lobbying so anyone can participate!
Mail paper plates to:
National Farm to School Network
110 Maryland Avenue NE, Suite 209
Washington, D.C. 20002
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UPDATE: We'll be delivering the plates to Congress the week of September 19. Stay tuned to our social media channels for live updates!