Vice Speaker Cruz Urges GDOE to Seek Federal Funds Before Raising School Lunch Prices

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Guam – Vice-Speaker B.J. Cruz is urging Guam DOE to pursue federal grants, before raising school meal prices.

In a letter to Guam DOE Superintendent Dr. Nerissa Underwood , the Vice-Speaker says Guam DOE needs to be more proactive and fiscally responsible by competing for any federal grants or performance based incentive programs that might be available under new legislation recently signed by President Obama.

Read Cruz’s letter to Superintendent Underwood [scroll down past the news release]

That legislation is the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. The law is aimed at fighting childhood obesity, and provides resources to help make Federal meal programs more nutritious.

The measure makes a $4.5 billion dollars available to fight childhood obesity, and provides resources to help make Federal meal programs more nutritious. It is the first such investment in childhood nutrition in 30 years.

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 also sets updated nutrition guidelines, standards, and additional regulation, and provides
additional funding for school districts that comply and participate accordingly.

In his letter, the Vice-Speaker questions the increases in school meal prices, especially as the new law potentially provides DOE with additional funds to supplement meal costs.

School meal prices are set to rise to $2 in January.

And Cruz also re-emphasized his concern about childhood obesity among Guam’s school children.