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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

Mar 19, 2018 Jessenia Fanini
Mar 19, 2018 Bobbye Kienitz
Mar 19, 2018 Sally Simpson
Mar 19, 2018 Grace Malara-Aiello
Mar 19, 2018 Nancy Irvine
Mar 19, 2018 Steve Osowecki
Mar 19, 2018 Patty Gamblin
Mar 19, 2018 Angela Tafoya
Mar 19, 2018 Tamar Diana Wilson Good nutrition is necessary for students to be able to study and understand their lessons.
Mar 19, 2018 Danielle Schultz
Mar 19, 2018 inge nespolon
Mar 19, 2018 Jean Kurniawan Instead of spending our limited resources elsewhere, how about we take care of the American children who are in need.
Mar 19, 2018 Jan Thedford
Mar 19, 2018 Helen Rosario-Bird
Mar 19, 2018 Deborah Clarke My grandkids live a poor school district. I'd rather they have fresh fruits for breakfast than biscuits and gravy.
Mar 19, 2018 Pam Novotny
Mar 19, 2018 Jennifer Wilson
Mar 19, 2018 Gary Gilardi
Mar 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 19, 2018 Marilyn Martin
Mar 19, 2018 John Allen If you truly care about these children, then feed them proper meals with the necessary servings of fruits and vegetables. Put your money where their mouths are.
Mar 19, 2018 Sarah Axler
Mar 19, 2018 tiziano testi Hey men, food is urgent
Mar 19, 2018 Erin Loggie
Mar 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 6, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 4, 2018 Jason Saville
Mar 4, 2018 Toby Cardoso
Mar 3, 2018 Keith Cliver
Mar 3, 2018 Enid Breakstone
Mar 3, 2018 Candice Eye
Mar 3, 2018 Lesli Cetruloiti Its insane to watch government pass laws to fatten their pockets, butto help all people just eat, they dont get.
Mar 2, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 2, 2018 Kaye Abramson
Mar 1, 2018 Chizuko Walter
Mar 1, 2018 Kristi Weber
Feb 26, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 26, 2018 Paige Garberding
Feb 26, 2018 renay lawrence
Feb 26, 2018 Carol Reiss Good nutrition is the foundation for healthy bodies and sound minds.
Feb 26, 2018 Pamela DelPadre-Mahon
Feb 26, 2018 Emma Korwek
Feb 26, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 26, 2018 Deborah Johncock
Feb 26, 2018 Cynthia Green
Feb 26, 2018 Juanita Montano
Feb 26, 2018 Demetria Stephens
Feb 26, 2018 Garland D Burkett

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