Nutrition was on the menu at IS 5, The Walter Crowley Intermediate School, in Elmhurst on Monday, when Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) stopped by to talk healthy eating in schools.

Gillibrand called for fresh fruit and vegetables for students as the expiration date for the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, or HHFKA, looms at the end of September, when Congress will have to debate childhood nutrition standards and school meals.

The act allowed funding and created policy for a handful of the United States Department of Agriculture’s childhood nutrition initiatives, including those that provide meals for student breakfasts, lunches and summer programs.

“For too many American kids, unfortunately the only healthy meal they have during the school year is a free or reduced price lunch that they get at school,” Gillibrand said to children, educators and parents. “Here in New York, there are 1.7 million children who rely on this school meal.”

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