“Ultimately this is about children’s health.” Kinner said, adding that some believe school nutrition is a national security issue. He turned to comments from retired Maj. Gen. Tracy Strevey Jr., the former commander of U.S. Army Health Services.
“More than one in five young Americans is too overweight to enlist (and that) is the leading medical reason why young adults cannot join the military,” Strevey has said. “Congress should resist efforts to derail continued implementation of science-based nutrition guidelines for school meals … together we can make sure that America’s child obesity crisis does not become a national security crisis.
DiSogra said another point United Fresh members should share with their legislators is that 19 former presidents of the School Nutrition Association (SNA) are on record as being opposed to waivers.
Guenther said United Fresh will take that message to the SNA convention this summer where the produce association will have a pavilion for the first time. He said United Fresh plans sessions on how to write produce “requests for proposals” as well as sponsoring an ask-the-experts area where school foodservice officials can get tips on how to maximize their produce budgets.