Cut this budget, and more children go hungry

Sunday, December 5, 2010; 7:35 PM

In her Dec. 1 Metro article, "D.C. mayor's budget plan triggers council debate on possible income tax increase," Nikita Stewart asserted that outgoing Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's plan to close the budget gap would only delay healthy food being served to D.C. students.

While this may be true on paper, implementation of the D.C. Healthy Schools Act has already begun, and any such delay is apt to paralyze the program indefinitely.

Right now, any student in need can receive a free and healthy breakfast in his or her classroom. Further, food contracts worth millions of dollars have already been switched across the District. Mr. Fenty's proposal would jeopardize not only businesses investing in the city's potential but also those most in need: the District's schoolchildren.

In May, the D.C. Council unanimously passed the D.C. Healthy Schools Act as a landmark initiative to curb the scourges of child obesity and hunger in the District.

On Tuesday, the council should once again defend the health and well-being of D.C. students.

Even in this tough economy, the promise of our children's future should not be shortchanged.

Sean S. Miller, Washington

The writer is the education director at Earth Day Network and helped the effort to pass and fund the D.C. Healthy Schools Act.

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