Sen. Al Franken pushes nutrition for kids and seniors
April 18, 2014 — 12:33pm
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Al Franken is making stops to the young and the old Friday in his push for the poor to have the right to nutritious food and college affordability.
Franken, who recently introduced legislation in the U.S. Senate to ensure students have access to school lunches, is taking U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to the St. Paul Public Schools Nutrition Center, which prepares school meals for St. Paul schools using local products.
He then heads to Minneapolis, where he will help deliver a meal via Meals on Wheels to two seniors.
Then he'll move again to the University of Minnesota, where he will talk with college students about tuition affordability, including the price of textbooks. He has pending legislation to rein in the rising cost of textbooks -- legislation that has been endorsed by the Association of Big Ten Students, according to his office.
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