National School Lunch Program Is The Health And Welfare Of Our Nation 's Children

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Abstract
The Nation 's second biggest nutrition and nourishment aid program is the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). More than 99,000 public and non-profit private kindergartens through twelfth-grade schools benefitted from this program by receiving over 30.3 million reduced-cost or free lunches with the Federal Government spending $12.6 billion per year. Almost 5 billion lunches were served in school lunchrooms in 2014, over two-thirds of those lunches were at a reduced-cost or were free of charge. The research discovered that the children who were more likely to eat the meals at school and obtained most of their nutrition and food intake from these meals at school lunchrooms were from marginally secure and food- unstable homes.
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Attempting to urge student involvement and the rising costs of providing meals is a constant issue with the companies which provides meals for the schools. In the meantime, the issue remains how to increase the nutritional values of the food provided and assisting the companies that provide the food to do so and to maintain a stable program and its honesty, especially in making sure that children who are not eligible do not receive these reduced cost or free meals (Ralston, Newman, Clauson, Guthrie, & Buzby, 2008, p. iii).
What is the National School Lunch Program?
President Harry S. Truman signed the National School Lunch Act into law in 1946 establishing the National School Lunch Program, to “safeguard the health and well-being of the Nation’s children and to encourage the domestic consumption of nutritious agricultural commodities and other foods” (Ralston et al., 1998, p. 1). In fact, 30.3 million free or reduced-cost meals were provided to 99,000 public and private schools in 2014. Ninety-four percent of schools participated in the program which led to the sixty percent of children to participate at least once a week.
The Administration of the Program
The National School Lunch Program is administered at two separate levels, the National level, and the
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