Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Voting for "Healthy Schools"

By Andrea Northup
The Healthy Schools Act is On the Move!

The public hearing on the Healthy Schools Act on March 26th was well attended, and D.C. City Councilmembers heard an impressive contingent voice their support for the bill. Read some of the wonderful testimony and find more information about the act on Mary Cheh’s site.

On Monday April 19th (just a few days away!) the Committee on Government Operations and the Environment will vote on the bill. On Tuesday April 20th the Committee of the Whole will vote, and on Tuesday May 4th the entire council will take a final vote to pass the bill as a law!

How can you show your support?

1) Take a few seconds to sign the D.C. Farm to School Network’s online petition in support of farm to school in the Healthy Schools Act. Strengthen our voice for healthy, local food in D.C. schools!

2) Contact your councilmember this week and ask them to VOTE YES for the Healthy Schools Act on Tuesday April 20th and Tuesday May 4th! Call, email, or visit their office. Get your councilmember’s contact information here, and download a sample letter to email or send here. Your voice can make a difference.

3) Join the D.C. Farm to School Network on Monday April 19th at the Wilson Building to chat with councilmembers and staff, and encourage them to VOTE YES for the bill the next day! Please email andrea[at]dcfarmtoschool[dot]org if you’d like to join us.

4) Stay aware of updates and changes to the bill by checking Mary Cheh’s site and signing up for her email alerts. The D.C. Farm to School Network is also keeping track of the bill here.

Once the bill is passed, then we have to push for it to get funding in the budget… stay tuned!
Andrea Northup is coordinator of the D.C. Farm to School Network.


  1. I hope the rest of the country is watching! I know I am. Good Luck

  2. I tried to sign the petition but the link does not work...