As Obama Signs Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, White House Sends Endorsement From DISD
|In March '08, Dora Rivas testified before a House committee on the need for better school nutrition.|
Well, this morning at Harriet Tubman Elementary School in Washington, D.C., President Obama signed the bipartisan-supported bill into law. At which point it issued a press release full of endorsements from the likes of U.S. Secretary Of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, U.S. Senator Bill Frist (R-TN), Mike Huckabee and Dora Rivas, DISD's executive director of Food & Child Nutrition Services. Says Rivas, who, in March 2008, had testified before the House Education and Labor Committee on improving school nutrition:
"The provisions of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act will support efforts already underway in Dallas. The additional funding will help with continuing to improve our school meals and creating a healthier school environment. We appreciate the fact that child nutrition has been placed as a high priority by the First Lady and the President. New USDA meal patterns and professional standards will assure improved quality child nutrition programs for our children which in turn will support student academic performance in the classroom."