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Sponsored by: The Hunger Site

Our school lunches are failing our kids. Americans are becoming increasingly obese, and it's no wonder, when a whopping third of the vegetables children consume at school are potatoes.

Currently, the National School Lunch Program provides over 31 million low-income students with free or reduced-price lunch. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA), which went into effect in 2012, requires schools that are part of the program to offer fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and also requires students to choose a fruit or vegetable with their meal.

HHFKA increased the amount of money provided per meal to schools in the program by only six cents per meal to make to achieve these lofty goals, according to the NCSL (National Conference of State Legislatures).

According to the Daily Beast, kids are balking at the food selection, food is being wasted, and some schools have dropped out of the program because they're losing money.

One way to address this is the USDA's Farm to School Grant Program which has successfully funded 221 farm to school projects to date.

The benefits of sourcing produce from local communities are numerous. It would teach children healthier eating habits at a young age; local farmers would have increased demand and therefore increased profits; new jobs for cooks skilled in preparing produce would be created at schools; the environmental footprint would decrease because the produce has less distance to travel from farm to table; and our local economies would strengthen.

Sign the petition urging the Secretary of Agriculture to increase the budget for school lunches so that our local communities can offer healthy, well-prepared farm to table lunch options.

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To the Secretary of Agriculture:

The rates of obesity among children and adolescents in the U.S. are astonishing. In the past 30 years, the number of obese children has more than doubled, and the number of obese adolescents has quadrupled, according to the CDC. And it's no wonder, since 1/3 of all "vegetables" offered at lunch are some form of potato!

Currently, the National School Lunch Program provides over 31 million, low-income students with free or reduced-price lunch, and that is fantastic — but the quality of those lunches is lacking.

Schools need a bigger budget to locally source produce, but they also need a bigger budget to hire skilled workers who know how to turn produce from bland to appetizing.

We need change. Kids, farmers, and communities nationwide would benefit from healthier, locally sourced produce for school lunches. Farm to school programs would teach children healthier eating habits at a young age; local farmers would have increased demand and therefore increased profits; new jobs would be created at schools to prepare the food in exciting ways; it would have a positive environmental impact; and our local economies would strengthen.

This would allow us to change the way our kids look at food, and change the course of their lives in the process.

You play a major role in this. We urge you to allocate more funds to our school lunch programs so that more schools can establish farm to table options.


Petition Signatures

Aug 11, 2018 Dorothy Henry
Aug 6, 2018 Nancy Willetts
Aug 6, 2018 Linda Haines
Aug 6, 2018 Kristen Zurick
Aug 5, 2018 Catherine King-Chuparkoff
Jul 31, 2018 Carol Linderborn
Jul 30, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 28, 2018 Trevor Dyson
Jul 25, 2018 Sarah Armour
Jul 23, 2018 Lynn Pascente
Jul 23, 2018 Juana Celia Djelal
Jul 23, 2018 Laura Sayne How many millions of taxpayer money has gone toward flying Trump to Mar-a-Lago? Certainly we can afford quality food for children.
Jul 23, 2018 Constance Bush
Jul 23, 2018 H McCrillis
Jul 23, 2018 Samantha Wilson
Jul 23, 2018 Jennifer Arndts
Jul 23, 2018 Rama Bharadwaj
Jul 23, 2018 Cara Gregory
Jul 23, 2018 Christina Kazantza
Jul 23, 2018 Carla Marie Dempsey
Jul 23, 2018 Pam & Robert Clair Healthy meals = kids who are present for learning = healthy society
Jul 23, 2018 Maureen Kelley
Jul 23, 2018 Jane Beville What is fed to kids in public schools is atrocious. Especially breakfast! They get honey buns and sugary cereals. Kids also need to be educated how to eat healthy and how to grow and prepare food. Bring back Home Ec!
Jul 23, 2018 Silvia Agnoli
Jul 23, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 23, 2018 K.J. Herson
Jul 23, 2018 Kim Johns
Jul 23, 2018 Chalonda Colley
Jul 23, 2018 Robert W. Paine Require them to do something - give them the means to do it.
Jul 23, 2018 isabelle mure
Jul 20, 2018 David Micu
Jul 19, 2018 Jessica Denis
Jul 16, 2018 Ari Schwartz
Jul 16, 2018 Nadine Duckworth
Jul 13, 2018 Christine Nicholson
Jul 12, 2018 Leora Yaffi
Jul 12, 2018 teena berger
Jul 11, 2018 Barbara Gaffield
Jul 9, 2018 Melissa Craig
Jul 9, 2018 Jeanne Bruno
Jul 8, 2018 Kristie Prouse
Jul 8, 2018 Lyn Peveto
Jul 8, 2018 sally dunn
Jul 8, 2018 Nicole Lee-Faith
Jul 7, 2018 Sheila Fiffy
Jul 7, 2018 Kathleen Dannemiller
Jul 7, 2018 Justine Moore
Jul 7, 2018 Carmen Grant
Jul 7, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 7, 2018 (Name not displayed)

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