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On October 22, 2018, the Council for a Strong America quoted Jamie Barnett in a blog post based on his presentation at the Mission: Readiness Award Ceremony at Tufts School of Nutrition. Mission: Readiness, which is an organization that advocates for childhood nutrition, received the inaugural Jean Mayer Prize from Tufts University’s Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy for "creating a healthier food environment for children across America." The prize was also awarded to former Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, former Senator Tom Harkin, and the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

Mr. Barnett, who represented Mission: Readiness at the ceremony, discussed how the National School Lunch Program was originally created at the request of military leaders after World War II as a measure of national security, and how the retired admirals and generals of Mission: Readiness continued that tradition by strongly supporting the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act in 2010, bipartisan legislation that required healthier school meals and snacks.

Barnett also spoke about the Mission: Readiness' reports, including Too Fat to Fight, Still Too Fat to Fight, and Retreat Is Not An Option, that highlighted the alarming percentage of young Americans too overweight to join the military and emphasized school nutrition as a key part of the solution.