The Benefits Of School Lunches

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Unhealthy food has been a common and popular source of food for many Americans. Foods such as burgers, hot dogs, french fries, instant noodles, etc. are consumed constantly every day by average Americans specifically teens and children. Students are subjected to unappealing and unhealthy foods at school which results in them buying unhealthy yet appetizing foods off campus. Three articles that explain this and provide solutions are “No Lunch Left Behind” by Alice Waters and Katrina Heron, “Attacking the Obesity Epidemic by First Figuring Out Its Cause” by Jane E. Brody, and “Bad Food? Tax It and Subsidize Vegetables” by Mark Bittman. Additionally, the results of a survey conducted at Rosemead High helps explain the effect unhealthy food has on students. While it is difficult to implement a new lunch system, a new lunch program will grant kids and teens healthier options; therefore, there should be more funding for school lunches. The government should provide more funding for school lunches. For example, Waters and Heron call for the change or redesign of the National School Lunch Program. In the article, Heron and Waters first explain how the National School Lunch Program works. They then provide other programs that tried to improve the program like the parent advocacy group Better School Food. Heron and Waters state “Washington needs to give schools enough money to cook and serve unprocessed foods that are produced without pesticides or chemical fertilizers” (Heron &

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