School Meals: A Case Study

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While it is important that government support for school meals reduces economic hardship, increased efforts to also improve the nutrition among low-income children are still needed in the program. These efforts should be coupled with a broader focus on reducing empty calorie consumption and incentivizing healthy eating among low-income children. Often times, many lower income students will forego a healthier snack for a bag of chips and a soda. The school has a hand in perpetuation this issue by using funds for bulk goods that typically turn out to be snack foods or high calorie breakfast items.
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