There’s some very encouraging news on school lunches. Today, the House is expected to pass the biggest overhaul of the national school lunch program in 30 years. The overhaul will increase nutritional standards and eliminate junk food in all federal school programs. In addition, there will be funding for a program that encourages schools to buy food from local farms and start their own gardens, as well as a provision for a pilot program for schools to use organic foods.
More than 31 million children are fed by the federal school lunch program every day, which accounts for more than one third or one half of the total calories they consume. With an epidemic of childhood obesity and the multiple chronic illnesses (diabetes, heart disease, etc.) that it creates, the move to improve the nutritional quality of national school lunch programs has turned into a high priority.
For more information, please read today’s article, “School lunch program likely to be overhauled” in the San Francisco Chronicle.