Attention NCPTA Members:
As described in our last Call to Action campaign, NCPTA has always been a strong voice in favor of supporting the education of the whole child by providing a supportive and nurturing environment for all children to thrive and excel. Research demonstrates that kids who eat healthy meals do better in school and school nutrition is viewed as an academic intervention which improves student performance. More than 1.1 million children participate in school meal programs in NC every day, so healthy, local, and adequately funded school meals are an important part of improving student performance.
Thanks to our collective hard work, state funding for school meals has been added to the Conference Report budget for the first time in nearly a decade. This funding is $3 million budgeted to pay for school lunches. Further, the funding is able to off-set student school meal debt. However the Conference Report is NOT the final budget and whether or not the funding remains is NOT guaranteed. The next step is to ensure that this funding is approved into the final North Carolina budget - the fight is not over. We would like to ensure that this allotment stays in the budget and urge you to ask the House and the Senate to keep Funds to Advance Rural Markets (FARMs) for School Meals in their budget and to thank them for keeping school meals in mind!
Your call /message today is essential to encourage representatives to uphold the Conference Report's decision in funding school meals! Let them know that this is an important step in the right direction in ensuring healthy meals for all NC children!
Your email or tweet will be loaded to the Senator / Representative from your district when you enter your address into the Voter Voice form. Please note, this initiative is being sent to ALL members of the House and Senate, therefore everyone from any district is able to participate. More opportunities will be coming soon! Have you signed up for Voter voice alerts? If not, sign up here https://www.votervoice.net/mobile/NCPTA/Home. Further, feel free to share this link with a friend to spread awareness for funding school meals!
FARMs for School Meals is good for children, good for farmers, and good for local economies. Please ask your representatives to keep funding in the final budget for this important initiative.
Thank you for your continued support of healthy kids and schools! For more details on the bill and additional resources to support this effort, please visit our website: www.farmsforschoolmeals.org. FARMs for School Meals can help ensure more students get what they need to succeed every day in NC schools - and you can make that happen for all NC children!
The North Carolina PTA Team