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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 Tom Vilsack 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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Dear Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack,

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


Jan 18, 2017 Paul Williams
Jan 17, 2017 Rebecca Shelton
Jan 5, 2017 Sheila Kunda
Dec 27, 2016 (Name not displayed) As a child, my sisters and I were on a free lunch program, and I am grateful for that food. I pray that those who have the authority to increase the amount needed for these school lunches and workers, will find a way to make this happen. God Bless
Dec 27, 2016 Linda Leckliter
Dec 24, 2016 anita maldonado
Dec 22, 2016 Selena Millman
Dec 21, 2016 Aalia Sange
Dec 20, 2016 julian zrnic
Dec 13, 2016 (Name not displayed) ALL LIVES MATTER
Dec 3, 2016 Ashley Waller
Nov 29, 2016 Marlene Colon Hola!!! Mi nombre es Marlene Colon y tengo una Nina con Autismo de 6 anos . Ella no habla y tiene problemas para comer graves. Soy una Madre soltera y mi nucleo familiar es Ella y yo. Por no tener familia tengo una Carga emotional y economica muy grande.
Nov 24, 2016 K Zoll
Nov 13, 2016 Jan Carroll
Nov 1, 2016 Kelly Miller
Oct 25, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 26, 2016 Jeanne Sheffer
Sep 26, 2016 ANA MARIA
Sep 26, 2016 Deborah Brown
Sep 26, 2016 john pasqua
Sep 26, 2016 Leslie Hussey
Sep 26, 2016 Dori Grasso
Sep 26, 2016 Lacey Smith
Sep 26, 2016 Simone Nicholson
Sep 26, 2016 Karen Sullivan
Sep 26, 2016 Larry Branson
Sep 26, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 26, 2016 Traci Campbell
Sep 26, 2016 Dianna Chase If healthier school lunches are mandated, then the proper funding to provide them should be, too!
Sep 26, 2016 Shelly Baker
Sep 26, 2016 Merina Halingten
Sep 26, 2016 Olga D Grovic I am school staff and am appalled at the garbage are children are offered! these are OUR children, OUR future, THEIR health!! The wealthiest country in the world has no excuse for treating children this way - SHAME ON YOU!!
Sep 26, 2016 Christelle Barbier
Sep 26, 2016 Lise Gijsen
Sep 26, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 26, 2016 Mary Dress
Sep 26, 2016 Rev. Elizabeth Dodd
Sep 26, 2016 Dave Mattozzi
Sep 26, 2016 Carly Koehn
Sep 26, 2016 Diana Smythe
Sep 26, 2016 Sheri Randolph
Sep 26, 2016 DEBORAH CLARKE
Sep 26, 2016 Joseph Helfer
Sep 26, 2016 Janice Kavadas Unfortunately, the families are not teaching their children proper nutrition. Give schools the funding necessary to get healthy food from local sources. The farmers, children and, hopefully, the parents will learn how to eat properly. Stop obesity.
Sep 26, 2016 Lin Sunseri
Sep 26, 2016 Stephanie Vorse
Sep 26, 2016 Alexis Malek Potatoes do NOT count as vegetables. Broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, and cucumbers: THESE are healthy vegetables. And apples, pears, bananas, blueberries, strawberries, and other fruits are inexpensive and healthy too.
Sep 8, 2016 Lauren Amick
Sep 8, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 28, 2016 Richard Bosboom

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