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Forsyth County Schools' nutrition director lobbies in D.C. for school meal funding
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Students at Cumming Elementary eat lunch in the cafeteria Thursday. - photo by Micah Green
Representatives from Forsyth County who lead the charge in feeding public school students met with U.S. lawmakers last week to discuss their legislative priorities and concerns regarding school nutrition programs and funding. The meeting between members of Congress and about 900 school nutrition professionals from across the nation was an effort by the School Nutrition Association (SNA) to lobby the opposition of block granting school meals and to support the financial stability of school meal programs, said Valerie Bowers, school nutrition program director for Forsyth County Schools. Bowers said the SNA, a national nonprofit that represents 57,000 school nutrition professionals and is dedicated to making healthy school meals and nutrition education accessible, holds an annual meeting to give workshops on what bills pass.