Congressional Support & Funding
$500,000 to the Healthy Foundation in Murrieta (CA) to conduct a study of the impact of vitamin intake and the school performance of at-risk youth.
Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Conference Report and California Implications December 20, 2001
The Committee notes that there is considerable evidence that lack of appropriate nutrition, and in particular deficiencies in basic vitamins and minerals, can reduce students academic performance. The Committee is aware of a pilot project by the Healthy Foundation to distribute a daily multi-vitamin to impoverished school children. The Committee commends this program and urges the Department to fund an expansion of this promising initiative and to rigorously evaluate its impact on school performance.
Appropriation Committee, US Congress
We already know that sound child nutrition is linked with improved school performance. This [new] vitamin program just makes sense. We need this type of investment to help ensure a brighter future for every student.
Tom Harkin, U.S. Senator, Iowa, Senate Appropriation Committee
I respectfully request that the Department of Education include $6 million in its budget to initiate a three year demonstration project to operate this vitamin distribution program for low-income school children and to conduct a clinical study to show the great benefits of improved nutrition through this vitamin supplementation program.
Frank Pallone, Jr., Congressman, New Jersey, to Chairman Regula
The Healthy Foundation offers a simple, low-cost solution for Americas underserved children.
Dennis Kucinish, Congressman, Ohio
I strongly support Vitamin Relief USAs effort to make vitamins more readily available to at-risk children. I will be working with Rep. Pallone to help obtain congressional funding to expand this worthwhile program to other areas. As a nurse, I know firsthand how important good nutrition is to our health and well-being, and distributing vitamins to at-risk children can help ensure dietary needs are met.
Lois Capps, Congresswoman, California