Raising A Healthier Generation Of Children

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In 2010 the lives of students in over 100,000 schools in the United States changed quite dramatically (What). The beloved junk food in the vending machines, high calorie lunches, and sugary drinks sold at schools were forcibly removed. Through the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) made the first major changes in school meals in 15 years (School). Although the initial reaction from students has been quite negative, this program is beneficial to schools and will fulfill its goal in raising a healthier generation of children (School). The National School Lunch Program was established under the National School Lunch Act signed by President Truman in 1946 (National). Schools involved in the lunch program receive cash subsidies and USDA foods from the USDA for each meal they serve. Only if their meals meet the federal requirement, will the school receive the money. The lunches provided are nutritionally balanced and low-cost or free. Today, over 31 million students receive meals through this lunch program (What). The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act was put in place to improve the already existing school meal requirements and promote better nutrition. The opponents to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act are usually students who are angry about the loss of their junk food. With this being a large factor, students who pay for full price lunches declined by about 10% in 2013, the lowest rate in over a decade (Harrington). The Government

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