If you saw headlines in late August about the failure of the new school lunch guidelines, you have no need to worry for two reasons.
First, the negative media attention is overblown. It’s timed to coincide with most communities’ back-to-school, but the fact is that the vast majority of schools are having no problems with the updated nutrition standards.
And second, putting higher quality food — including fresh fruits and vegetables — in schools is still the right thing to do.
Stories have found students who say the food under the 2012 standards isn’t as popular and tasty as it was before. That is probably true in some cases because school meals were too fatty and sugary before. What kid doesn’t want to have more dessert and less dinner?
Stories also found some schools who say they can’t afford to participate. That is probably also true in some cases, but it’s usually because these schools are too small or have too few students who qualify as low-income, which would entitle them to government subsidies.
The School Nutrition Association’s 2013 summer trends survey polled more than 500 school district nutrition directors. It found only 1% said their schools will drop the national school lunch program and only 3.3% said their schools are considering it.
The U.S. has an obesity and nutrition problem, and getting kids to eat healthier food in school is a solution.
It only makes sense that government-subsidized food in schools complies with government nutrition standards, which includes more fruits and vegetables than were previously served in schools.
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