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Members of Congress recently criticized childhood nutrition programs stemming from the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act for costing school districts too much money and adding to wasted food. Responding to critics, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack prompted a media call headlining retired military leaders, including Venable partner and retired Navy Rear Admiral Jamie Barnett, to show how childhood nutrition affects military readiness.

AgWired featured this story in a May 22, 2014 article. The U.S. Department of Agriculture posted photos of the media call to its Flickr page.