Legislation on Child Nutrition
NJEA is proud to support the following package of bills aimed at improving child nutrition.
S-1908 (Barnes) allows for donations to help contribute to the New Jersey “Farm to School” program. The National Education Association, the NJEA’s national affiliate, is a supporter nationwide of the “Farm to School” program which is in all 50 States. Farm to School programs come in many shapes and sizes unique to the communities that build them. Farm to school programs improve the health of children and communities while supporting local and regional farmers. Allowing for the solicitation of private donations will help support these programs and build community involvement.
S-1907 (Barnes) establishes the “Best in New Jersey ‘Farm to School’ Awards Program” to recognize each year, the best farm to school programs implemented by a school district. The program will recognize schools for outstanding achievements in the incorporation of farm-to-school programs. The award will encourage innovation; good nutrition; and increased pupil awareness of the contribution of farmers and farms. Recognizing and complimenting the work of districts in the “Farm to School” program will encourage all districts to participate in this very important program.
S-1964 (Beach) directs the Department of Agriculture to establish a clearinghouse website for farmers to offer produce and dairy products for use by school breakfast and lunch programs as well as food banks. Making access to fresh, locally grown food is a great idea and a common sense approach to healthy eating.