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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 16, 2018 Nita Fiset
Aug 16, 2018 Catherine Boiteau
Aug 16, 2018 Sandra Zastrow
Aug 16, 2018 Heather Simons
Aug 16, 2018 Tina Johnson Some families cannot afford three meals or even 1 meal a day, school breakfast and lunches should not be discontinued.
Aug 16, 2018 Alexis Carrillo
Aug 16, 2018 Joan Meade
Aug 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 16, 2018 Varda Charnin
Aug 16, 2018 Candace Slivinski
Aug 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 16, 2018 Dorothea King
Aug 16, 2018 Ginger Hipszky
Aug 16, 2018 Marty Hredzak
Aug 16, 2018 Deborah Voizin For many children, lunch at school is the only hot meal that they get; so it needs to be a healthy meal!
Aug 16, 2018 Elaine Carey This is a vital component for long term health and school performance.
Aug 16, 2018 David Pascoe
Aug 16, 2018 Carmen Severino
Aug 16, 2018 Shelia Ellis healthier meals would be a good start. These hamburger and french fries, pizza is not the answer. You could serve home cooked meals like we had in school years ago. Not this stuff they serve now!
Aug 16, 2018 Renelle Sherry
Aug 16, 2018 Frank Corvino
Aug 16, 2018 Kimberly A Lozar Give them balanced meals..!!
Aug 16, 2018 pamela mello
Aug 16, 2018 Ruby Lowe
Aug 16, 2018 Brenda Thul
Aug 16, 2018 Doug Landau
Aug 16, 2018 Barry Adelman
Aug 16, 2018 Debra McCullougg
Aug 16, 2018 Andrea Giolli
Aug 16, 2018 Joan Kolessar
Aug 16, 2018 Kristin Nam
Aug 16, 2018 Kelly Dickey
Aug 16, 2018 donna stoddard
Aug 16, 2018 Keith Campbell
Aug 16, 2018 Sue Chard
Aug 16, 2018 Maria Johnson
Aug 16, 2018 Virginia Hein
Aug 16, 2018 Martin Russell Nothing is more important to child development than healthy nutrition. It's your duty to make sure they get it.
Aug 16, 2018 Sarah Stansill
Aug 16, 2018 Debra Stewart
Aug 16, 2018 Leslie Giles
Aug 16, 2018 CINDY HANKS
Aug 16, 2018 Tiffany Calero
Aug 16, 2018 Jill Cahn
Aug 16, 2018 Ketarah Shaffer
Aug 16, 2018 Beth Parks
Aug 16, 2018 Janet Knowles
Aug 16, 2018 Melissa Gillett
Aug 16, 2018 Karishma Brough
Aug 16, 2018 Martha Jane Ripple

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