The National School Lunch Program

856 Words Apr 17th, 2015 4 Pages
The National School Lunch Program began after the great depression. The government began to send farm commodities to schools in hopes of helping malnourished children. The National School Lunch Program provides nutrition to children across the United States. There are strict guidelines that school districts must follow to be eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

What is wrong with school lunches?
The monies received by school districts from the government to fund the National School Lunch Program are not sufficient enough to provide the fresh and whole foods that our children need. There has recently been a revolution in the National School Lunch Program, set in place by Michelle Obama. However even with the strict new guidelines and new healthier food based programs children are still receiving highly processed foods that school districts are eligible to purchase at a reduced cost through commodities.
What is a processed food?
A processed food is a food that has more than one ingredient to it. Brittany Chin gave a great example of the difference between a whole food and a processed food in her article called “Whole Foods vs Processed Foods: Why Less is Actually Better.” “A perfect example would be a baked potato (one ingredient) compared to instant mashed potatoes. The ingredients list on the Hungry Jack instant mashed potatoes include: POTATO FLAKES (SODIUM BISULFITE, BHA AND CITRIC ACID…
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