With old school lunches many meals did not provide students with the proper amounts of protein, fruits, and vegetables since they mainly consisted of foods such as pizza, macaroni and cheese, and grilled cheese. All of these popular foods were filled with unnecessary fats, oils, and carbs that students did not need in their daily diets. New school lunches will help provide all students with necessary vitamins and minerals into their diet such as Vitamin D and K through popular vegetables and fruits. Along with the general population of students, a new healthier lunch will majorly benefit the low-income students, as most school systems give these students a free or price-reduced lunch. Since for some of these students, it is their only whole meal of the day it is important for them to have a proper meal.
Yes, one may understand that our budget is low and healthy foods tend to always cost quite a bit more, yet that should not mean anything because this is an individual’s health we are talking about. In the newspaper article, “No Lunch Left Behind,” by Alice Waters and Katrina Heron, the authors make it a point that, “Cash-strapped parents should be able to rely on the government to contribute to their children’s physical well-being, not to the continued spread of youth obesity, Type 2 diabetes and other diet related problems”(10). Waters and Heron want to prove that a good, free lunch can exist, although people need to be willing to help in one way or another and contribute to a making a healthy meal being provided at school. What about the students who are suffering from a disease already? What do they eat at school, knowing they have to watch what they eat on a daily basis?
I think school lunches are horrible, and lunch ladies should be replaced with good cooks, and should give us kids more food. Many kids are still hungry after lunch because they give us very small portions of food. All the lunch ladies do is put food in the oven or microwave, the school district should have real cooks making our food so it tastes good. Kids will not be starving after lunch if the district gives us more food. More kids will buy the school lunch instead of bringing cold lunches, if the school had good cooks, and made good food.
Most students don 't think the school lunches are very good. In fact at the Thompson school district teamed up with colorado state University and did a survey on how students like school lunches, and it showed that 93% of students would like a better lunch. The lunch we have now in the schools now these days are cheaply made and governed by the government. We need food that tastes good so are brains can function properly the way they need too. Students need their brain to be functioning right so students can pay attention in class.
Have you ever wondered how the government controls your school lunches? The government controls your school lunches by wisely choosing highly nutritious meals by having many fruits, vegetables, banned unhealthy things, helped children in poverty, and they also created a lunch act. They also balanced out the foods from all five food groups and they have reduced overall fat content by serving more vegetarian main courses, less beef and pork, and fewer fried foods. They have put more of a variety of dishes by serving pasta and tacos and have helped families with low incomes by reducing the costs or having no costs at all for families who qualify. Every school meal is required to meet the dietary guidelines.
Every year, more and more food is wasted and school lunches because nobody thinks they are good anymore. The quality of food goes down, less students eat, and more wish they could go and eat somewhere, anywhere, else. If schools were to add off-campus lunches, however, that would all improve. While off-campus lunches may promote unsupervised behavior, going off campus for lunches is a viable option because it is cheaper for the school, cheaper for the students, and makes sure everyone will eat.
Imagine a school cafeteria with delicious food, healthy lunches, and all on a small budget. Now imagine that same cafeteria but with not delicious, not nutritious food, and tons of money wasted. Which would you choose? Unfortunately, prairie elementary school’s cafeteria is much like the latter. Both the taste and nutritional value of this food is very bad.
In the year 2010, President Barack Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama created the “Hunger-Free Kids Act” of 2010, which has created problems among students. In the year 2012, Michelle Obama also created the “Let’s Move Campaign” in order to reduce childhood obesity, and to give students access to healthy food in their school lunches. The “Hunger-Free Kids Act” means that no student should go hungry, and the “Let’s Move Campaign” makes the lunches healthier. Unfortunately, due to the quality and quantity of the meals that the students now receive, more kids are refusing to eat school lunches, and remain hungry during school hours. Not only does this outrage students, it also infuriates parents, teachers and staff as well.
he beginning of the “We Are Hungry” video states the fact that, “Active teens require between 2000-5000 calories a day to meet energy and growth needs, school lunch policy mandates all teens receive only 750-850 calories per lunch” (“We Are”). The school lunch policy is inconsistent because the government makes laws to protect kids from non nutritional substances in our food but does not allow kids to have the right amount of calories to function in school. I understand that some kids that attend school do not eat the school lunch, but the ones who do are not getting their daily calories. Even kids who do not have the ability to have food at home, and the only food they get is at school, are not getting their daily calories.
I have many memories of school lunches, most of which were not high in nutritional value. In elementary school, students have options of a ‘hot lunch’ or a ‘cold lunch’. A typical school lunch in the United States does not compare to those served in other countries such as Brazil, France, Italy, South Korea, and Spain (just to name a few). As I am majoring in Elementary Education, one of my requirements is to do some work in a local elementary school. I work with a student in second grade, and I attend lunch with her.