Guest Host: Sam Litzinger

The D.C. Council this week unanimously approved the “Healthy Schools Act,” one of the nation’s most ambitious laws to improve school nutrition. We examine the law’s attempt to boost menu standards and get locally-grown produce into D.C. school cafeterias.


  • Mary Cheh Member, D.C. Council (D-Ward 3); Chair, Committee on Government Operations and the Environment
  • Andrea Northup Coordinator, DC Farm to School Network, Capital Area Food Bank
  • Ellen Valentino Executive Vice President, Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Beverage Association

D.C. Councilmember Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) says her proposed one-cent tax on soda to finance the city’s Healthy Schools Act is “entirely complimentary” to the law’s goal. Ellen Valentino, Executive Vice President of the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Beverage Association, argues that the tax will put a burden on the city’s working families and that similar taxes in other states have not helped to cut child obesity rates:

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