Improving Nutrition in School Lunches

1990 WordsJun 16, 20188 Pages
According to the Centers for Disease Control, “Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years,” meaning that America’s children need to start eating healthier, including healthier school lunches. The National School Lunch Act is a fairly recent addition to American society. For, as the world waged war a second time, the United States began to worry about the strength and health of the country’s soldiers. However, in the beginning, selling excess agricultural goods was more important than building a healthy, well-balanced meal for students. Unfortunately, many children coming from poorer families could not afford well-balanced school lunches, so in order to compensate, the School Lunch…show more content…
In most states, if a child’s family uses food stamps, they qualify for free school meals (Christie 341). In 2007, "almost 49 percent [of students] received free lunches, and another 9 percent paid a reduced price" ("National"). This new direction created big dents in the schools’ meal budgets. Even though schools did not have as much money for lunches, they were still required to provide every student with school lunch, including those who could not afford to buy it. Therefore, schools began serving poor quality lunches because they had to start buying cheaper food in order to keep providing food for everyone (Levine 151). Schools had a hard time keeping up with the amount of free meals they had to provide, so they came up with some extra ways to increase revenue. Schools began to overlook nutrition, health, and education in favor of money (152). Schools contracted with private fast food chains in order to increase revenue, causing many students to eat unhealthy lunches at school (Christie 341-42). However, schools still did not have enough money to provide lunch. Therefore, in order to bring in extra income, schools contracted with soda companies as well (341). Case Study In a small town in Massachusetts, one chef makes a difference in the health of the school lunch students eat each day. Chef Paul is the head of her school's lunch program. She makes healthy, fresh food every day and the students
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