For Immediate Release
Meredith Turner, Farm Sanctuary, 646-369-6212, email@example.com
Farm Sanctuary Urges Passage of the Healthy School Meals Act to Benefit Children and Animals
Citizens Across Country to Participate in National Call-In Day on April 21 in Support of This Federal Legislation
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. - On
Wednesday, April 21, concerned citizens nationwide will join
Farm Sanctuary, the nation's leading farm animal protection
in a National Call-In Day to
to support H.R. 4870, the Healthy School
in March, this new legislation would offer financial
school districts that offer their students plant-based food options and
non-dairy beverages. "If passed, the Healthy School Meals Act would have
a tremendous impact on children's health, farm animals, and the
environment," said executive director of Farm Sanctuary,
Dr. Allan Kornberg. Dr. Kornberg has practiced both primary care
pediatric emergency medicine, and recently served as
Senior Vice President for the
National Initiative for Children's Health Quality.
"As a pediatrician
more than 25 years of clinical and executive leadership experience in
I am keenly aware of the impact diet has on
child development. American children are
affected by obesity and other adverse health conditions related to a
participating in the National
School Lunch Program receive cash subsidies and donated commodities and
foods from the USDA. School
must meet federal nutrition requirements, but specific food options are
by local school food authorities. The Healthy School Meals Act would make plant-based proteins and
non-dairy milk an affordable option
for schools, increasing the accessibility of these healthy foods to
Kornberg, who once acted as CEO of
Network Health, a Medicaid health plan serving the poor in
Massachusetts, remarked, "Good health
should not be an economic issue. The federally-assisted National School
Program provides low-cost or free lunches to more than 30 million
school day. These families rely on the National School Lunch and
Programs to deliver proper nutrition to their children. The act would help schools that
cannot currently afford to do so provide
healthy, cruelty-free options to their students."
The act would
also address the nutritional
needs of countless children who choose to abstain from consuming animal
products for ethical, health, environmental, religious, or other
Currently, students are granted access to dairy alternatives only after
acquiring a doctor's note. The new legislation would do away with this
requirement and thus further increase access to these compassionate
in the past, schools may only have provided water or juice to students
from milk, the new bill specifies that nutritionally-equivalent
must be offered, guaranteeing that these students would receive a
April 20, Dr. Kornberg will join Elizabeth Kucinich, Director of Public
for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), and
activist, Nina Gonzalez, for a conference call to inform citizens
the Healthy School Meals Act and offer advice on becoming an effective
"By adopting a plant-based diet, Americans
may reap dramatic health
benefits while they
simultaneously act with kindness and decency toward farm animals,"
Dr. Kornberg." The Healthy School Meals Act would both safeguard the health of
America's youth and encourage
students to make compassionate choices for animals at every meal."
would like to speak with Farm Sanctuary Executive Director Allan
contact Meredith Turner at 646-369-6212 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Farm Sanctuary is the nation's leading farm animal protection organization. Since incorporating in 1986, Farm Sanctuary has worked to expose and stop cruel practices of the "food animal" industry through research and investigations, legal and institutional reforms, public awareness projects, youth education, and direct rescue and refuge efforts. Farm Sanctuary shelters in Watkins Glen, N.Y., and Orland, Calif., provide lifelong care for hundreds of rescued animals, who have become ambassadors for farm animals everywhere by educating visitors about the realities of factory farming.