Check out the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 and the updates. At the risk of sounding completely and totally cynical I have to say I’m less than impressed. All the rhetoric about reducing childhood hunger and little discussion about WHAT we are actually feeding our kids. Don’t get me wrong, I see positive actions coming from this, like promoting Nutrition and Wellness in childcare settings and the Farm to School Programs. But I’m curious about what exactly our “National Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in Schools” will look like, because if we are going on any set of standards we currently have, we are wasting our time. We will not help “promote health and address childhood obesity” by feeding our children chemicals and preservatives. They need real food, and deserve the respect to receive it at ANY income level. And a performance-based (hhmm?) increase of 6 cents per meal… Will these magic pennies pay the politicians to create more rhetoric around the standards or can we plant them and they will grow real fruits and vegetables?