Should School Meals Be Nutritious And Healthy Meals? Essay

1763 Words Sep 29th, 2016 8 Pages
School meals have become a bit of cliché with regard to poor nutrition. Countless movies and television shows poke fun at the abundance of unidentifiable foods and lack of nutrition that can show up on cafeteria trays across the nation. While school meals have changed significantly in the past few decades, they still have a long way to go before they can truly be considered nutritious and healthy meals. According to McGuire, our school meals are still too narrow and contain more sodium and fat than is recommended (pp. 116-130). While one goal in shifting school meals to a healthier model is to confront the rising childhood obesity crisis, some believe this will also result in harder working and better performing students academically. If this is true, then revamping of our school meals becomes a duty of the nation.
The Current State of School Meals In 1945, Harry Truman signed a bill that created the National School Lunch Program that ensured that low-cost or free lunches would be provided to students that needed it. As of the 2015-2016 school year, the program provides 18.9 million free lunches, 2.2 million reduced lunches, and 8.5 million full priced lunches each day. This equates to 5 billion lunches served every school year at a cost of about $13 billion making each lunch cost approximately $2.60 (National School Lunch Program). As far as breakfast is concerned, the program provides 11 million free breakfasts, 900 thousand reduced breakfasts, and 2.1 million full…

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