The Effects Of The National School Lunch Program

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While there are numerous causes associated with obesity, American’s diets should be addressed and focused more. According to Diller (2012), any serious public health campaign to decrease obesity numbers in the U.S. should incorporate improvements in nutritional content of the American diet. Through broad health care reform will the U.S. population’s diet and health successfully be altered (Diller, 2012). Increasing evidence is mounting that the U.S.’ method of regulating food is deeply defective (Mortazavi, 2011). The U.S. is continuing to suffer from an obesity epidemic, with child obesity rates increasing quickly at overwhelming amounts (Mortazavi, 2011). In recent years, our federal government estimated that one in every three children was …show more content…
Created in the aftermath of WWII in 1946, the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) was started out of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act to deal with malnutrition amongst children in poverty (Edwalds, 2013). During this period, there was a agricultural excess, meaning farmers were not able to find consumers for their crops. The NSLP allocated cash subsides from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for school meals served in schools (Edwalds, 2013). The NSLP therefore delivered a solution to both this issues (Edwalds, 2013). Many farmers obtained buyers for the surplus crops and children obtained at least one meal at school every school day, and they are sold at an inexpensive price to the schools (Edwalds, …show more content…
HHFKA, which is a reauthorization of the CNA, is the current government legislation addressing issues in childhood health and obesity (Edwalds, 2013). HHFKA supplies funding for federal school meals and youth nutritional programs, increases the availability of garden-fresh, healthier food options, and endorses complete children wellness (Edwalds, 2013). The HHFKA has provided 4.5 billion dollars over ten years for child nutrition funding to ensure that low-income children have access to healthy foods. The HHFKA also delivers funding for farm to school programs, which increase the availability of local grown produce to youth (Edwalds,

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