Hey Tom Colicchio, If Congress Doesn’t Like Good Food for America’s Kids, Can You Tell Them to ‘Pack Their Knives & Go?’

I’m guessing that there aren’t too many members of Congress who’ve ever had to worry about whether their kids were getting healthy, nutritious food.  Is that why many don’t care about the issue — because they’ve had no personal experience with it and can’t get their heads around the idea that there truly are hard-working people who can’t afford decent food?

Maybe Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey experienced the challenges of feeding her children nutritious food — her official bio makes no secret of the fact that she is the first former welfare mother ever to be elected to Congress.  But as many on Capitol Hill scoff at the idea that the federal government should have a role in making sure that our children — especially the 16 million who are classified as undernourished — are served healthy meals in schools and day care facilities, there’s fortunately one high profile chef advocating for passage of the Improving Nutrition for America’s Children Act.

To that I say,  “Go Chef Tom!”

I’m talking a little more about how celebrities like Tom Colicchio and others are joining forces with lawmakers to make our country better for hungry and homeless children at my weekly column at The Stir, Speaker of the House!

Image courtesy of the House Education and Labor Committee

And thanks to Mike Kruger in Congressman George Miller’s office for the video and info on the Act!

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4 Responses to “Hey Tom Colicchio, If Congress Doesn’t Like Good Food for America’s Kids, Can You Tell Them to ‘Pack Their Knives & Go?’”

  1. Anali Says:

    Thank you for sharing this video! It’s such a shame how the eating habits of children and the the American population in general has deteriorated. I’m a big fan of Jamie Oliver’s show and what he’s trying to do to change school lunches as well. It’s great to see Tom Colicchio’s testimony here.

  2. Janis Says:

    This is nonsense! It is not the job of the government, school, or daycare center to provide healthy meals to children it is the job of the PARENTS!!! If you want your children to have access to healthy food/snacks then that what you pack in their lunch box each day. If you can not afford food that is what food stamps/wic if for. Why would you need free lunches/snacks if you already get your groceries for free? My husband is in the army he works in D.C. and I stay at home with my 1 year old and I have a 6 and 11 year-old in school. We are considered “low income” and we qualify for wic and free lunches but we don’t need them. We are able to afford healthy food and formula on our own. I think “low income” moms should feel insulted that the government believes the only way to get them to feed their kids healthy food is to give it to them for free!
    Yes it is expensive to buy fresh fruit and vegis in fact I spend half of my grocery budget on them but I do it because I care about my children’s nutrition.


  3. PunditMom Says:

    Janis, I’m happy for you that you can provide for your family. But are you really saying you don’t care about the 16 million+ kids whose parents can’t provide and the only decent meal they get is their subsidized lunch? That’s cold. I hope you never find yourself in that situation.

  4. Janis Says:

    If their parents can’t provide food then they should signup for foodstamps until they can get on their feet again. If they can’t/won’t make sure that their children have 3 meals a day then they are unfit! Food is pretty basic! If there are 16 million kids that only get one decent meal a day then that is the failure of the parents not the government. I’m not suggesting we stop all food programs. We need tougher restrictions on who qalifys so that familys like mine do not take resources from families that are truly in need.

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