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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

May 23, 2018 Steve Walker
May 23, 2018 Shane Dean
May 23, 2018 Susan Rubin
May 23, 2018 Anita Phillips
May 23, 2018 Jean Sunderland
May 23, 2018 Michael Crowden
May 23, 2018 Donald Davis
May 23, 2018 tanya mcCormick
May 23, 2018 Trevor Cooper
May 23, 2018 David Dean
May 23, 2018 Mame Boyd
May 23, 2018 Yvonne Fourgous
May 23, 2018 Leora Yoak
May 23, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 23, 2018 R Holt
May 23, 2018 Janice Duran These children are our future!! We must help them any way we can and we must do it now!!
May 23, 2018 Jane Wadsworth-Reyes
May 23, 2018 Rhonda Spencer
May 23, 2018 Lynne Thomas
May 20, 2018 c. martinez
May 20, 2018 Richard Rheder
May 7, 2018 Andries Grobbelaar
May 7, 2018 Christine stead
May 7, 2018 Jinny LEE Absolutely unacceptable.....
May 7, 2018 Sergio Padilla
May 7, 2018 Joan Borstell
May 7, 2018 Gayle Bannis
May 7, 2018 Dana Lloyd
May 5, 2018 wynta dangerfield
May 4, 2018 Lynne Minore
May 4, 2018 Ms. Jocelyn Valdez-Loqui
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!

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