We are thrilled that Congress finally passed the Child Nutrition Bill on Thursday. This will enable millions more children to get school breakfast, lunch, and after-school snacks. And those meals will be more nutritious, with fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean dairy and meats to be served much more than they have before. There are down sides to the way the $4.5 billion bill is paid for, with cuts to food stamps, and schools receiving a larger government reimbursement but will have to foot the cost for greater food costs themselves. But despite those drawbacks, we don’t agree with the sentiment expressed by Representative Paul Broun of Georgia who was quoted in The New York Times as saying, “This bill is not about child nutrition. It’s not about healthy kids. It’s about an expansion of the federal government, more and more control from Washington, borrowing more money and putting our children into greater debt.”
Our children will be in even more debt as the rise of obesity continues in this generation, with its attendant health problems, and they will be footing the bill for even greater health-care costs. But at the end of the day, this issue shouldn’t come down to money, or whether the federal government is telling you what to eat. It should come down to us all agreeing that feeding our kids the best, healthiest food we can will only lead to a stronger, smarter generation to lead this country in the future. What do you think about the bill? Is it creating a Nanny State or not?