As a dietitian who helps schools introduce healthier options, I agree that children are extremely open to trying healthy new foods ("Students Can Be Taught to Enjoy Nutritious School Meals," March 8). The Food Is Elementary program is introducing thousands of kids to healthful vegetarian meals - but millions more children still don't have the option of trying these healthful school meals.
I agree that it would be beneficial to have food educators in every school, but another important step is getting healthy food in every school. The upcoming reauthorization of the federal Child Nutrition Act is the perfect opportunity to ensure that all children find nutritious options in the lunch line. The current legislation makes no provision for vegetarian options in school lunches, and the list of center-of-the-plate vegetarian commodity foods is limited.
We need to ask Congress to make fruits, vegetables and other healthful vegetarian foods cheaper for schools and help all schools provide a vegetarian meal option every day.
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine