Scarlett Johansson is doing something for the children.
She has written a letter to Congress, fervently urging them to support the new Healthy School Meals Act of 2010 that would provide school districts with plant-based vegetarian lunch options and healthful nondairy beverages.
Below is the letter ScarJo wrote to Congressman George Miller. It might be a good idea to send a letter of your own to your own Congress member. It certainly is a worthwhile cause.
Dear Congressman Miller,
I've been involved with efforts to feed hungry children for years. Millions of families in America rely on subsidized school lunches, and these meals are absolutely crucial to children's well-being. That's why I'm asking you to support the Healthy School Meals Act of 2010, a bill recently introduced by Rep. Jared Polis.
Children depend on adults to provide them with the nutrition and sustenance they need to reach their full potential. It is our responsibility, as adults, to give school children the nutrients and vitamins they so vitally need, especially during school hours where their food intake may be monitored. School is an environment where children develop life skills, skills that help them to become responsible young people who will one day be able to care for themselves. A means to a healthy diet and nutritional education must begin in the school cafeteria, on the lunch line.
I am so thankful that the National School Lunch Program exists and helps children around the nation get enough to eat. But right now, many of the foods served through this program do not support children's healthy development. Many students who eat school lunches consume too much saturated fat and cholesterol and not enough fruits and vegetables. Childhood obesity is striking young children like never before and being overweight puts kids at risk of type 2 diabeties and other chronic diseases.
Children deserve to have enough to eat- and I know you agree that they also deserve healthy food. Let's make sure the foods served in school lunch lines are as nutritious as possible. I hope you'll add your name to the growing list of lawmakers who support the Healthy School Meals Act of 2010. Children are depending on you.
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