Universal free and healthy lunch will eliminate the poverty stigma, helping kids to opt for the school lunch rather than foregoing the meal entirely or eating processed unhealthy snack foods as they do now.
Of course, the food industry isn't going to just walk away from the lucrative school snack market, but given that rigorous standard, it seems to me that any processed foods still sold in schools after 2016 should no longer fall into the empty-calorie, "better for you" junk food category.
Johnny Cook has been driving for Haralson County Middle School in suburban Atlanta for years. But no longer. Cook was fired for making the following p...
We want our kids to eat well because we want them to be healthy, and we want them to be healthy because we love them. They need to know that -- and that job resides with families, not government. They need to know that they can wind up loving foods that love them back.
Millions of American children live in food insecure homes. School meals are often their only dependable source of food, yet for a variety of reasons they may not be getting all the food that's being made available to them. It's a tragic situation.
The school lunch calorie issue is getting particular traction in right-wing media outlets and I've already told you about Republican congressmen seeking to repeal the calorie caps, calling the new regulations "the nanny state personified."
These and other changes are part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. I applaud the federal government for taking this important step that allows schools to create and reinforce healthy eating habits.