12/14/2020 – With the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act celebrating its 10th anniversary yesterday, the Academy is proud to recognize the vital role Academy members have played in the development and implementation of the bill that was signed into law on December 13, 2010, with the goal to “help ensure every American child (has) access to the nutrition they need to grow into healthy adults.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized the importance of a strong commitment to nutrition and the value of investing in healthy meals for children. Many diet-related chronic diseases are contributing to poor outcomes for novel coronavirus patients, with minority communities being disproportionately impacted.
“During this crisis our school nutrition professionals have truly been essential to the well-being of families,” said Kevin Sauer, PhD, RDN, LD, FAND, co-director, Center for Food Safety in Child Nutrition Programs at Kansas State University and incoming Academy President-elect. “Our members are systems thinkers who consider multiple stakeholders while mobilizing the necessary resources. Delivering millions of meals curbside and out of buses – safely – showcases the unique skills of Academy members, as well as expertise to serve our communities nutritious meals.”
The Academy will continue to advocate for the resources and policies necessary to guarantee access to healthy food throughout childhood in the 117th U.S. Congress, including the importance of nutrition education and working with local farmers and food producers.