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Our school lunches are failing our kids. Americans are becoming increasingly obese, and it's no wonder, when a whopping third of the vegetables children consume at school are potatoes.

Currently, the National School Lunch Program provides over 31 million low-income students with free or reduced-price lunch. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA), which went into effect in 2012, requires schools that are part of the program to offer fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and also requires students to choose a fruit or vegetable with their meal.

HHFKA increased the amount of money provided per meal to schools in the program by only six cents per meal to make to achieve these lofty goals, according to the NCSL (National Conference of State Legislatures).

According to the Daily Beast, kids are balking at the food selection, food is being wasted, and some schools have dropped out of the program because they're losing money.

One way to address this is the USDA's Farm to School Grant Program which has successfully funded 221 farm to school projects to date.

The benefits of sourcing produce from local communities are numerous. It would teach children healthier eating habits at a young age; local farmers would have increased demand and therefore increased profits; new jobs for cooks skilled in preparing produce would be created at schools; the environmental footprint would decrease because the produce has less distance to travel from farm to table; and our local economies would strengthen.

Sign the petition urging the Secretary of Agriculture to increase the budget for school lunches so that our local communities can offer healthy, well-prepared farm to table lunch options.

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To the Secretary of Agriculture:

The rates of obesity among children and adolescents in the U.S. are astonishing. In the past 30 years, the number of obese children has more than doubled, and the number of obese adolescents has quadrupled, according to the CDC. And it's no wonder, since 1/3 of all "vegetables" offered at lunch are some form of potato!

Currently, the National School Lunch Program provides over 31 million, low-income students with free or reduced-price lunch, and that is fantastic — but the quality of those lunches is lacking.

Schools need a bigger budget to locally source produce, but they also need a bigger budget to hire skilled workers who know how to turn produce from bland to appetizing.

We need change. Kids, farmers, and communities nationwide would benefit from healthier, locally sourced produce for school lunches. Farm to school programs would teach children healthier eating habits at a young age; local farmers would have increased demand and therefore increased profits; new jobs would be created at schools to prepare the food in exciting ways; it would have a positive environmental impact; and our local economies would strengthen.

This would allow us to change the way our kids look at food, and change the course of their lives in the process.

You play a major role in this. We urge you to allocate more funds to our school lunch programs so that more schools can establish farm to table options.


Petition Signatures

Apr 24, 2018 Mel Green
Apr 23, 2018 Mary Thomas
Apr 21, 2018 Gail Grobbelaar
Apr 21, 2018 Paul Zakrzewski Pay now to keep kids healthy with wholesome "real" food, or pay later for citizens with poor health who are not able to contribute to society. Or, maybe you're not capable of making an intelligent decision?
Apr 21, 2018 Ann Erbacher Grey
Apr 21, 2018 Francesca Colombo
Apr 21, 2018 Nancy Ortez
Apr 21, 2018 Christina Kazantza
Apr 21, 2018 Mary Bergman
Apr 21, 2018 Teresa Smith
Apr 21, 2018 Rose Ann Hayes If ANYONE should eat well balanced meals, it is our children! Promote farm to table lunch options!
Apr 21, 2018 Linda McKiernan-Allen Beginning in early years at school, offering healthy fruits and vegetables for "snack" will encourage students to eat a wider variety of food. Please add funds to help this happen!
Apr 21, 2018 Barbara Tomlinson
Apr 21, 2018 Jean Kurniawan
Apr 21, 2018 Virginia Nordberg Support the Farm to School Grant Program. It is a win-win proposition.
Apr 21, 2018 Kathryn Samuelson
Apr 21, 2018 L Dufresne NOW!
Apr 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 17, 2018 Barbara Smith
Apr 17, 2018 Alexandra Lohman
Apr 17, 2018 Christine Maidl
Apr 17, 2018 Sue andTim Scholl
Apr 17, 2018 Beverly Brzycki
Apr 17, 2018 Beate Nilsen My 30-year friendship w. a teacher clued me in abt how disgusting school lunches are! All-carbs: pizza, mac n' cheese, super-heavy on fat and hardly a vegetable in sight... NOT a way to feed our brains or cut back oon ADD and allergies.
Apr 17, 2018 Patty Gamblin
Apr 17, 2018 Juliet waldron Mrs. Obama's recommendations were far better than the corporate fat/sugar/salt marketed to kids everywhere--including school cafeterias!
Apr 17, 2018 Kathleen Forchelli
Apr 17, 2018 M. Castedo
Apr 17, 2018 Patricia Homola-Portuondo As a former school nurse I was and still am appalled at what is on the school lunch menu and the trays. UG!! Brain power needs nutritional power-go fresh, go green and out goes the junk food and empty calories! Get a fresh food chef!!
Apr 17, 2018 Jo-Ann Sramek When I went to school, the cooks cooked mostly from scratch and we had baked potatoes instead of french fries which seem to predominate meals nowadays. In addition, junk food meals cost more to serve. Mrs. Obama influenced the lunch program for the better
Apr 17, 2018 Libby Armshaw All kids need healthy meals since they aren't getting a lot of exercises.
Apr 10, 2018 Jeanie Anderson
Apr 7, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 6, 2018 Marie Alabiso
Apr 6, 2018 Elisenda Ponsa
Apr 4, 2018 Andries Grobbelaar
Mar 24, 2018 mary ann Hembree When I was in high school in the 70's, we had pretty descent lunches. What has happened to the school lunches of today? They need to cut out so many carbs.
Mar 24, 2018 Jann Spallina Our children deserve to be healthy. We need to teach then healthy eating habits and feed them healthy. They get enough crap eat at home!
Mar 24, 2018 Peta-Gaye Connors A proper education means learning how to properly fuel your body. It’s easier to achieve with proper health and nutrition than if you’re sick constantly.
Mar 24, 2018 Diana Berkshire
Mar 24, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 24, 2018 Michael Kirchner
Mar 24, 2018 Cristina Conklin
Mar 24, 2018 D Bello
Mar 24, 2018 Susan Allen
Mar 24, 2018 Deanna Larimer Healthy foods feed brains!!! Help our children get the best fuel for shcool.
Mar 24, 2018 Sue Summerfield Feed our kids healthy meals! They are our future!
Mar 24, 2018 Ilse Spiegel
Mar 24, 2018 Nicholas Flanagan
Mar 24, 2018 Shirley Eichelberger

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