Indiana at center of Congress debate about what your child eats at school

Hundreds of middle school students fill the lunch room. (WISH Photo)
Hundreds of middle school students fill the lunch room. (WISH Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – There’s a fight brewing on Capitol Hill and it’s all about what your child eats at school. The question is: Should a program serving fresh produce stay “fresh?”

Currently, the federal “Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program” pays for the most impoverished schools to serve a fresh, two-ounce snack during the school day – separate from breakfast or lunch. The program helps 119 schools in Indiana and 49 of those are within Marion County. 

“I don’t think a lot of people realize that many of our students rely on the local Dollar General or the local Family Dollar for food,” said Indianapolis Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Lewis Ferebee.

Ferebee is making a strong stand to continue the program, but some of our Indiana delegation in DC want it to change. Hear both sides of the issue and why Indiana could affect food policy for kids, nationwide.

Catch the full story on Thursday morning at 6 a.m. on Daybreak.

 

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