Non- nutritional School lunches
1 February 2012
More than ever school nutrition need to be a priority; however the public education system continues to cut corners rather than truly provide well rounded nutritional meals. In 2010 Obama signed the hunger-free kids act. Ever since then school lunches have been on the decline. Now schools need to have a mandatory amount of calories for each school level, elementary, middle, and high school. And as the grade increases so does the calorie limit, but not by much. Nationally the maximum limit for school lunch calories is 850 (Yee 4). This is the first time these regulations have been retooled in the past 30 years (Klein 1).
Congress has not only put strict regulations on what is served in schools, but what is sold in vending machines and in school stores, such as our “Snack Shack”. The president of the School Nutrition Association in Washington said in a letter “It makes no sense to set one set of rules for the cafeteria and another set for the hallway.” he also said “Failure to apply the same rules to all foods sold/served on the campus throughout the school day will erode the efforts schools are making to ensure the nutritional quality and the value of school meals (Klein 1). The reason that these new regulations on lunches is because the obesity rate is quite high in Americans. In adults obesity is 35.7% and in Children its 17%.
One way that schools have combated this new bill is they use less food to make sure that each lunch has the required amount of calories per student. But they also have been buying healthier food which in turn costs more money thus causing our price to go up on all lunches. One way to deal with this problem is buy the food in bulk and save money when they buy it.
The problem that started this all was that the lunches in school were non-nutritional so they passed this bill. Malik Barrows a senior at...