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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.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Nov 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 7, 2017 Heidi Hartman
Nov 6, 2017 Liz Pope
Nov 6, 2017 Ashley Decker
Nov 6, 2017 Heinz-Helmut Umbreit
Nov 5, 2017 Daryl Purchase
Nov 3, 2017 Esther Clayson
Oct 29, 2017 Janet White Children need good food !
Oct 29, 2017 Brandi Greer
Oct 29, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 29, 2017 Grace Holden
Oct 29, 2017 Mike Aparo Our kids are our future and deserve a fair start.
Oct 29, 2017 Debbi Wood
Oct 29, 2017 Jodi Ford
Oct 29, 2017 Lyssa Twomey
Oct 29, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 29, 2017 Ann Moriarity
Oct 29, 2017 Joni Mueller It is both common sense and the only ethical thing to do, to provide healthy food for our kids! They are the future of this country!
Oct 29, 2017 Susan Hildreth
Oct 29, 2017 John Confar
Oct 29, 2017 robert dowling
Oct 29, 2017 kathleen conroy
Oct 29, 2017 Candice Laurence
Oct 29, 2017 Barb Breese
Oct 29, 2017 Roxann Carmean Floyd
Oct 29, 2017 Lynne Lerner
Oct 29, 2017 Kathleen Doyle
Oct 29, 2017 Larry Branson
Oct 29, 2017 Satu Heino
Oct 29, 2017 donna selquist
Oct 29, 2017 donna selquist
Oct 29, 2017 Jacqueline Calhoun We have to make sure our children are taken care of at home and school so yes it is important that they're fed properly when they're not at home with us.
Oct 29, 2017 Shirley Bayless
Oct 29, 2017 Joan Armer Time to wake up!!!
Oct 29, 2017 Lori Mathis
Oct 29, 2017 Henry Mngrain Provide more vegetarian meals, too.
Oct 29, 2017 Laura Page
Oct 29, 2017 Laura Riley
Oct 29, 2017 Brandy Schumacher
Oct 29, 2017 Callie Riley
Oct 29, 2017 Marion Friedl WTF??? Every time I wanna sign a petition of one of the sites I´m lead back to the click to donate site and it says "Session expired", and I gotta click on the petition link again!!!
Oct 29, 2017 Martha Owen
Oct 29, 2017 Allison Elliott
Oct 29, 2017 Penelope Carter
Oct 29, 2017 Dave Mattozzi
Oct 29, 2017 E Pearson
Oct 29, 2017 Sandie Brown
Oct 29, 2017 Emmanuel Xerias
Oct 29, 2017 Laurie Nicoletti
Oct 29, 2017 Martha Jones

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