The National School Lunch Program Essay

1230 Words Oct 12th, 2015 5 Pages
In the last five years there has been an obvious change in the lunches being served in schools. The United States Department of Agriculture; Food and Nutrition Services has been in charge of this program change, “The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost, or free lunches to children each school day”. The NSLP was created along with the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, Michelle Obama was a major proponent in pushing for this 2010 Act and the program. This program serves nearly 32 million children or 45% of the youth population and costs about $15 billion a year (Kelly and Stier). $75 billion for 5 years is a large amount of money not being spent responsibly. The school lunch program needs to be changed because schools are not providing enough nutrition in their lunches, they are wasting money on food that isn’t being eaten, and the program is not doing anything to change childhood obesity.
The lunches being served at schools are not nutritious enough and are not providing enough energy to push a student through the day. There has been an 850 calorie max set on high school lunches (Halper). Officials claim 850 calories support an average student. Most students are involved in at least one after school activity or have a job, and more than likely burning 850 plus calories. If students are going hungry…

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