Billie Eilish has momentarily stepped away from her Happier Than Ever world tour to petition Capitol Hill, advocating for children nationwide to have better access to healthy vegan meals. The superstar voiced his support for the Healthy Future Students and Earth Act (HR4108) in a bid to draw attention to the urgent need to prioritize healthy eating for younger generations. The proposed legislation aims to make plant-based meals accessible to students across the country by motivating school districts to introduce plant-based meal options.
“I’m proud to champion this legislation that will help fight climate change, address food insecurity and promote health equity,” Eilish said in a statement.
Eilish’s support puts the relatively new bill at the forefront of the plant conversation. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) and Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) in June 2021. The new bill will implement grant programs that will motivate national school districts to introduce affordable plant-based meal options for college students. prices. The plan will allow school children to have early access to healthier foods that might otherwise be inaccessible.
“Every child deserves healthy, nutritious and sustainable meals that respect their choice,” Rep. Velázquez said in a statement. “The Healthy Future Students and Earth Act will invest in the health of our children and help fight climate change by funding plant-based appetizers in schools nationwide. I am proud to advocate for legislation that would ensure food justice for all and build a greener, healthier future for our children.
Alongside Eilish and representatives from New York, several other activists took to Capitol Hill to promote the plant-based plan. Among the activists, Maggie Baird – Eilish’s mother and founder of a social justice non-profit Support + Feed – announced his support for the Healthy Future Students and Earth Act. Baird’s organization has been on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, providing businesses, frontline workers and food-insecure people with healthy, plant-based meals.
“Providing nutritious, plant-based school meals is essential to improving the health of our children and protecting the planet they will inherit from us,” Baird said in a statement. “With climate catastrophe looming and racial health disparities widening, Congress must prioritize passage of the Healthy Future Students and Earth Act.”
The Healthy Future Students and Earth Act will close the financial gap that prevents most school districts from implementing similar plant-based plans. The proposed legislation will simultaneously reduce food insecurity, fight climate change and improve students’ health and eating habits. Current figures estimate more than 14 million childrenn live in situations of food insecurity.
“The Healthy Future Students and Earth Pilot Program Act presents a four-fold win for student choice, racial equity, student health and the environment,” said Chloe Waterman, senior program manager at Friends of the Earth US, who hosted the Capitol Hill briefing. A declaration. “We are grateful to Billie Eilish and Maggie Baird for using their platform to advocate for a fair, plant-based school lunch program and to Representatives Bowman and Velázquez for their leadership on this important issue.”
New York public schools are going vegan
Earlier this month, the New York public school system launched a “Vegan Fridays” program that will provide plant-based meals to students. The new plant-based program promises to provide the 1 million students enrolled in New York’s public schools with access to healthy plant-based meal options. The program aims to limit the limited access to nutritious food options in several New York communities.
The Capitol Hill briefing closely follows the successful rollout of the Vegan Fridays campaign. Within NYC, several activists and community leaders shared their support for the federal vegan meal program, including the executive director of Peppers on wheels Eloise Trinidad.
“We must continue to right the historic wrongs of colonization that have resulted in vast disparities in health, food security and environmental justice, most of which are felt by Black, Indigenous and global majority students” , Trinidad said. “Any student who is hungry throughout their school day because the food offered is not culturally appropriate or does not meet their other needs is unacceptable. Providing adequate nutrition through school food is one of the ways we can give every student an early chance to succeed. »
Similar to the NYC program, the proposed legislation hopes to help communities of color gain greater access to nutritious, healthy foods that otherwise remain limited. The NYC Department of Education has announced that it is committed to the health and well-being of every child within the school system. From now on, the federal program will extend this campaign to the national level.
“There’s a huge increase in young people wanting to eat more plant-based options, whether it’s for animals, their health, the planet, or all of these reasons,” the 14-year-old founder said. Youth for the Climate, Genesis Butler, said in a statement. “Many can’t because they don’t have access to plant-based meals. Given that young people spend so much of their time in school, it makes sense for schools to provide plant-based meals. of plants.”
Eilish’s Happier Than Ever Vegan Tour
Eilish is currently performing the east coast leg of her Happier Than Ever tour. As well as being one of the most anticipated tours of the year, Support + Feed and vegan brand Wicked Kitchen have teamed up to make the tour an international vegan campaign. The campaign asks Eilish fans to take “THE PLEDGE” – a promise to eat one plant-based meal a day for 30 days. Wicked Kitchen will provide 100,000 vegan meals to help people start eating plant-based during the tour.
The eco-friendly and sustainable tour will also host an eco-village for four rotating nonprofits alongside Support + Feed. The Eco Village will help promote local communities and plant-based sustainability efforts. Fans can also purchase a Charity Platinum ticket for the concert which will donate the entire cost of the ticket to Support + Feed to help those in need in 29 states.