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Sponsored by: The Hunger Site

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 21, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 20, 2018 Celine signoret
May 18, 2018 Megan Tunstall
May 16, 2018 Louisa Gauerke
May 14, 2018 Naomi Klass
May 11, 2018 Tara Spires
May 11, 2018 Angel Woytovich
May 10, 2018 Kathryn Lewis Parmentier This should be a no-brainer. Healthy children should be a high priority. Fix this!
May 9, 2018 CYNTHIA FERENCI FEED OUR CHILDREN!
May 7, 2018 Yvonne Fourgous
May 4, 2018 Lucy Kelly
May 2, 2018 suzanne caruso
May 2, 2018 Alysa Waring
Apr 30, 2018 Vivian Hernandez
Apr 29, 2018 Patricia DeLuca
Apr 26, 2018 Teresa Rust
Apr 25, 2018 Melissa Armstrong
Apr 24, 2018 Deborah Boychuk
Apr 22, 2018 Katherine burt
Apr 20, 2018 Lori Hynes
Apr 20, 2018 Dylan Yowell
Apr 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 16, 2018 Esmeralda Vargas
Apr 15, 2018 Suzette Snodderley
Apr 14, 2018 Stacy Harris
Apr 13, 2018 CECILIA CERNA
Apr 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 12, 2018 Amber Williams
Apr 12, 2018 Fatima Raza
Apr 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 11, 2018 bernardo alayza mujica
Apr 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 11, 2018 Gilberto Simao
Apr 10, 2018 Gail Grobbelaar
Apr 10, 2018 Andries Grobbelaar
Apr 10, 2018 g christie
Apr 10, 2018 Leah Davis
Apr 10, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 10, 2018 Christine Maidl
Apr 10, 2018 Grace Holden
Apr 10, 2018 Janet Miller
Apr 10, 2018 M Joan Hutton
Apr 10, 2018 Joan Hoefer
Apr 10, 2018 Brianna Kohlenberg It's an abomination that ANY child goes hungry in this country!
Apr 10, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 10, 2018 Jeanie Anderson
Apr 10, 2018 Barbara Brennan
Apr 10, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 10, 2018 Anna Heller
Apr 10, 2018 Brian Reynolds

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