The National School Lunch Program

1019 WordsApr 20, 20175 Pages
The most essential part to the future success of America is the children of America, and their education level. According to the National Center for Children in Poverty, “about fifteen million children in the united states, twenty-one percent of all children, live in families below the federal poverty threshold,” (www.nccp.org). Majority of these children will go to school hungry, which will affect their performance in school. The National School Lunch Program provides lunch to help feed them and keep them focus during the day. This program also benefits farmers and the economy by raising the quantity needed to be supplied to keep up with the demand of the schools. Many children who live under the poverty line rely on their school to…show more content…
The schools must also meet the federal nutrition requirement to serve food, to provide students with a healthy diet. Even though schools must meet the national requirement they also have some leeway, “federal meal requirements, decision about what specific foods to serve and how they are prepared are made by local school food authorities” (www.fns.usda.org). This allows students to have a variety of different meals each day. Over the years there has been an increase in the school lunch program. In 2014, “The National School Lunch Program provided low-cost or free lunches to over 30.3 million children daily at a cost of nearly $12.6 billion,” (ers.usda.gov). Because of the popularity of the National School Lunch Program, the government expanded its meals to breakfast and after school snacks. The same children who meet the requirement to participate in the National School Lunch Program can now come to school early and get breakfast. Also if they participate in after school activities, the school also provides healthy snack options. There has been a growing support for the National School Lunch Program because it provides kids with healthy food options. With the growing obesity problem in the United States, the National School Program helps children get into a healthy eating habit. The popularity continues to rise for the National School lunch program because not only does it help children it also helps
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