Timely message — New Yorkers, take action today
I just received the following urgent appeal from the New York Coalition for Healthy School Food (NYCHSF), a statewide nonprofit group that works to improve the health and well-being of New York’s students by advocating for healthy plant-based foods, farm-to-school programs (including organic where possible), the elimination of unhealthy competitive foods in all areas of the school (not just the cafeteria), comprehensive nutrition policy, and education to create food- and health-literate students.
The organization has been closely following the bills up for vote so rather than summarize the contents of their urgent memo, I’m including it in in its entirety.
Please note that the New York Coalition for Healthy School Food recommends that you take action today. FYI, the organization’s suggestions clearly do still include some sugar (not my preference but I think what they’re suggesting is more realistic).
Also, please forward this to all your friends, relatives, colleagues, etc. who live in New York so that they, too, can take a stand.
June 4, 2007
URGENT ACTION ALERT UPDATE!! TAKE ACTION TODAY
Dear NYCHSF Supporters,
THERE IS NO TIME TO LOSE! Two different bills for nutrition standards in schools have now passed in the NYS Senate (S.5892) and Assembly (A.8698) – these are not the Governor’s bill. Today the bills go to Conference Committee where the Senate and Assembly will try to come up with a compromise bill that both can support, AND OUR CHILDREN WILL HAVE TO LIVE WITH THE RESULT FOR YEARS TO COME!
PLEASE MAKE 5 VERY IMPORTANT PHONE CALLS IMMEDIATELY. TELL THEM THE FOLLOWING:
THE GOVERNOR’S BILL, WITH AMENDMENTS (below), IS SUPERIOR TO WHAT BOTH HOUSES HAVE PASSED, AND THAT IT IS THEIR DUTY TO DO WHAT IS BEST FOR THE CHILDREN AND NOT TO BE INFLUENCED BY THE FOOD INDUSTRY.
Politely, but firmly let them know you support the Governor’s Healthy Schools Act (A.8642) WITH proposed amendments (see amendments, below), and make sure to share this list with the person you speak to in each office – it is crucial that they understand what the bill needs to make it acceptable.
CALL IMMEDIATELY – Calls must be made as early on Monday as possible:
After calling, tell the person that you speak with that you will be emailing the recommended amendments. But do not email only, call first!
PLEASE make these calls now. Let’s show the New York state elected officials that NYCHSF has a powerful voice, one that is louder, and stronger, and more determined than the food industry lobbyists!!! Exercise your democratic rights. We absolutely can not let the powerful food industry determine food policy, nor our children’s future, so PLEASE make your calls right away.
Thank you for your support,
Support Governor Spitzer’s Bill (A.8642) with these Amendments:
Follow the link below to read the suggestions, please.