By: Angel and Sydney

For a country that is increasingly concerned with health and nutrition, America is seeing an interesting debate develop around school lunches.

Attempt for fighting unhealthy eating!

  • Congress passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act in 2010.
  • The act, supported by First Lady Michelle Obama, was designed to improve the quality of nutrition in food served for school lunches and after-school snacks.

Seeking problems

  • According to a Los Angeles study cited in Olga Khazan’s article in The Atlantic, “among the students who took a fruit or vegetable from the lunch line, 22% threw away the fruit, and 31% tossed the vegetable, without eating a single bite.”
  • The amount of vegetables, dairy and fruits consumed falls short
  • Unlimited chips, cookies, drinks (filled with sugar), and ice cream
  • survey results stand in contrast to a recent USDA report that showed about 1 million fewer students chose to eat school meals every day during the 2012-2013 school year.
  • “More kids aren't buying lunches,” Diane Pratt-Heavner, spokesperson for the School Nutrition Association, tells TIME.
  • Obesity has increased

students comments on school lunches:

  • "Some of it taste like plastic! Gross!"
  • "It's not very healthy, but it's food"
  • "I'm an athlete. I need to eat healthy and packing my lunch is a better option so i know what I'm eating"
  • "GOOD!"
  • "some of it taste dry or soggy, and i just don't like the taste"
  • "It's alright, but not the best"

Accomplishments from changes in school lunches

  • Lunches are including more whole grains, vitamins, and minerals
  • More fruits and vegetables
  • Less sodium
  • Limited 650-850 calories
  • Kids are starting to like what they get, but the only thing left is to limit junk food and (sugar) drinks.


Comment Stream

2 years ago

Great Tackk, @sydneybailey ! Have you considered documenting the lunches you get in your school cafeteria to see how well they match up to school nutrition guidelines? There are a lot of people upset with the way school lunches have gone. For example, pizza is actually considered a "vegetable."