School Lunch Program Research Paper

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School lunches have never been known for culinary excellence. But to be fair, the National School Lunch Program — which provides free or reduced lunches to about 31 million kids every day — has never aimed to dazzle as much as to fill little bellies. In 2010, Congress gave the Federal School Lunch Program a nutrition make-over. New regulations called for: ◾Increasing the amount of whole grains served in school cafeterias ◾Shifting to fat free or low-fat milks ◾Limiting the amount of calories that can come from saturated fats to 10 percent ◾Offering fruits and vegetables on a daily basis ◾Implementing caloric minimums and maximums for each meal Those were just the first steps. By the school year starting this fall, schools are also required…show more content…
The Salt Lobbyists Loom Behind The Scenes Of School Nutrition Fight Currently, half of all products served in the school lunch program must be "whole-grain rich," which USDA defines as products made of at least 50 percent whole grain. According to the new standards, by the start of the next school year, schools must use only products that are whole-grain rich. The Salt Health Advocates Lament GOP Move To Relax School Lunch Rules But GOP leaders, as well as the School Nutrition Association, which represents school food service directors and several companies that supply school cafeterias, say the upcoming requirements are unworkable. They claim that kids don't want the healthy options and, as a result, too much food is being wasted. They also say that the cost of reducing sodium and other preservatives are placing an undue burden on schools. First lady Michelle Obama has been doing a lot of high-fiving with schoolchildren like these in Dallas to promote healthful lifestyles. Now she's diving more deeply into the politics of school lunch. The

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