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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.


Petition Signatures

Oct 27, 2017 Deborah Moore
Oct 23, 2017 Cathy Mitchamore
Oct 22, 2017 Jimmie Lynne Berry
Oct 21, 2017 Lisa Briggs
Oct 18, 2017 tony pallini
Oct 8, 2017 Lindsay Gallant
Sep 7, 2017 Teresa Ashley
Aug 6, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 3, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 9, 2017 Beth Smith
May 29, 2017 Janet Pickard
May 29, 2017 Samantha Manso
May 28, 2017 John Chambers
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May 20, 2017 Shirley Troia
May 17, 2017 jane cook
Apr 18, 2017 Susan E Hicks
Mar 31, 2017 Tim Young
Mar 4, 2017 Michael Biggs
Feb 20, 2017 Felipe Menossi
Jan 23, 2017 Nadia Mousa
Jan 22, 2017 Patricia Nenadich
Jan 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 17, 2017 D P
Jan 15, 2017 sarah stevens
Jan 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 8, 2017 Suzanne Pergolatto
Jan 6, 2017 patti smith I am a substitute teacher, and have despaired of what we feed our children. A preschool class I was teaching each got a whole bag of chips, and that is all that most of them ate. One girl tried to refuse chips, and was told that she had to accept them.
Jan 6, 2017 (Name not displayed) How about revamping the entire food industry in our country, so many things have ingredients that aren't necessary, I agree that school lunches need to be healthier, no allowing ketchup as a vegetable as one example!
Jan 6, 2017 M. Browning
Jan 6, 2017 Melanie Irwin
Jan 6, 2017 Patrick Libby
Jan 5, 2017 Maria Miranda
Jan 5, 2017 Rafael Sacho
Jan 4, 2017 Caroline CEDELLE
Jan 3, 2017 Melanie Gonsalves
Jan 3, 2017 sara jagodič
Jan 3, 2017 Alesa Nolda Milunovic
Jan 2, 2017 Elena Hernandez
Jan 1, 2017 Michael Richardson
Jan 1, 2017 Vivian Muñoz Jean-François
Dec 31, 2016 Jenny Kirk
Dec 31, 2016 Rosalinde Katz
Dec 31, 2016 julian zrnic <3
Dec 30, 2016 Sarah Makins
Dec 30, 2016 Kat duPasht
Dec 30, 2016 Sabina Tlamkova
Dec 30, 2016 Estella Edwards

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