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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

Sep 10, 2017 Luis Chelotti
Aug 27, 2017 p perry
Aug 27, 2017 Carolyn Whiting
Aug 27, 2017 Lori Hernandez
Aug 24, 2017 Wendy Kasprzyk
Aug 23, 2017 Ashley Waller
Aug 19, 2017 Averill Waterhouse
Aug 9, 2017 Thomas Windberg
Aug 9, 2017 Gil Hackel
Aug 6, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 3, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 23, 2017 Susan Lindsey
Jul 23, 2017 Thao Vu
Jul 23, 2017 refhan irtem
Jul 22, 2017 Alanna Reuben
Jul 21, 2017 Helena Miller
Jul 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 13, 2017 David Schaechtel
Jul 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 13, 2017 Helen Ryan Please introduce children to more plant based nutritious meals; a healthy meal does not need to include any form of flesh.
Jul 13, 2017 Deborah Scharf
Jul 13, 2017 Christie Rawls
Jul 13, 2017 JOHN PASQUA
Jul 13, 2017 Tobi Zausner
Jul 13, 2017 patti smith This makes so much sense. As a sub. teacher I see the poor diets presented to children. A preschool class given a bag of chips, which they ate to the exclusion of the beans, meat and fruit. Fresh food is always more appealing than the processed junk.
Jul 13, 2017 Pat Souders
Jul 13, 2017 brad horner
Jul 13, 2017 ayesha vavrek
Jul 13, 2017 Lynda Kerr
Jul 13, 2017 (Name not displayed) the kids need healthy food so they will grow to run this country
Jul 13, 2017 MARY LAMERE
Jul 13, 2017 EDITH LOBROT
Jul 13, 2017 AMY williams
Jul 13, 2017 Alexander Grovic-Rauenzahn
Jul 13, 2017 David Grovic-Rauenzahn Real food for real human beings, please! What is more important than the future of today's children? (Ok, no climate change, too...and no GMOs...and no polluted land, water, and air...and no wars...)
Jul 13, 2017 Olga D Grovic As a teaching assistant in a low-income school, I know that the majority of our kids eat breakfast and lunch ONLY because they can get it at school. And I am horrified at the junk they are given to consume. DETRIMENTAL!! Give them REAL FOOD!!
Jul 13, 2017 Dana Oholorogg
Jul 13, 2017 Chicory James
Jul 13, 2017 A Kibble
Jul 13, 2017 Lyn Schultzx Be a hero to these kids!!
Jul 13, 2017 Cynthia Super
Jul 13, 2017 Elizabeth Dodd
Jul 13, 2017 Jewel Dawson
Jul 8, 2017 Hannah King
Jul 1, 2017 Kyle Bracken
Jun 28, 2017 Stefano Fuschetto
Jun 25, 2017 Amanda Barnes
Jun 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 25, 2017 Ronald Johnson
Jun 25, 2017 Jeffrey Bains

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