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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


May 17, 2018 Roger Monk
May 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 10, 2018 Kathleen Grubbs
May 9, 2018 Alexandra Smith
May 8, 2018 Jessica Haag
May 8, 2018 Lauren-Michelle Kraft
May 7, 2018 Cassandra Santiago
May 7, 2018 Gina Pantier
May 7, 2018 Tenaya Egbert
May 7, 2018 Deborah Boomhower
May 6, 2018 Brigitte Mignot
May 5, 2018 Brenda Choi
May 5, 2018 Kathryn Robinson
May 5, 2018 Loraine Lindsey
May 5, 2018 Jennifer R
May 5, 2018 Segolene Coatrieux
May 4, 2018 valery allison
May 4, 2018 Vanna Pichel
May 4, 2018 Lucy Kelly
May 4, 2018 Sabrina Degasperi
May 3, 2018 Dolores Wiens
May 3, 2018 Bonnie Lynn Mackinnon
May 3, 2018 Melissa Craig
May 3, 2018 Patricia Lewis
May 3, 2018 iman Ghavami
May 3, 2018 Georgena Askew
May 3, 2018 Carol Montague
May 3, 2018 Anna Anderson
May 3, 2018 Ruth McNaughton
May 3, 2018 Amy Smardz
May 3, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 3, 2018 Ben Prosser
May 3, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 3, 2018 Erika Somlai
May 3, 2018 Angela Kohn
May 3, 2018 kristen rangel
May 3, 2018 Gail Stuber
May 3, 2018 Barbara Gaffield
May 3, 2018 Richard Han
May 3, 2018 Dana Webb
May 3, 2018 Susan Faust
May 3, 2018 sarah carver
May 3, 2018 Kathleen Cronk
May 3, 2018 Carole klumb
May 3, 2018 Mary Sier
May 3, 2018 James Williams
May 3, 2018 Lyn Watson-Czapla
May 3, 2018 Suzanne Marcella Camarillo
May 3, 2018 kyriaki paschali
May 3, 2018 Rhana Wyble For some kids, this is the only meal they get all day long. Make sure it a good healthy meal with plenty to fill them up.

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