March 06, 2012

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin Speaks Out About Child Nutrition | WTRF News

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia met with members of the W. Va. School Nutrition Association to discuss ways to improve nutrition programs in schools.

According to a news release from Manchin's office, they discussed ways to improve participation in school breakfast programs, plans to implement innovative meal programs and how to cook more nutritious foods so children can eat well-balanced meals in W.Va. Schools.

"Lifelong health starts when you're very young, so I've always made children's health a top priority," said Sen. Manchin. "Well-nourished children learn better, and children who do better in school can compete better in the workforce. West Virginia and our School Nutrition Association have taken important steps to improve our children's health, and the programs that work can be a model for our state and nation. We all can do more to ensure our children have the nutrition they need to get a healthy start in life."

"I am proud to say that West Virginia meal programs throughout the state have greatly improved in recent years," said Christopher Derico, child nutrition director in Lewis County. "We are grateful to have met with Sen. Manchin to discuss those success stories. Our organization has made great strides to advance nutritional efforts in our schools, and we are proud to show him our playbook that presents a guide on how to create a model food service program in the state."

By:  D.K. Wright