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Using Fresh Local and Organic Items in the National School Lunch Program | Fat Kids Gone Wild

Updated on August 26, 2010

The unhealthy facts about the school lunch program

Would you believe that that meat that the meat your child consumes at Mcdonalds or Jack In the Box is more likely to be safe than the meat provided to them by the school lunch program?

Standards set by McDonalds, KFC and other major fast food chains include a refusal to purchase meat from 'spent chickens", those chickens that are unable to lay eggs anymore usually due to deficiencies and poor health.

Studies by USA Today show that fast food chains test their product at 10 times teh frequency than the meat that is purchases by the USDA for school lunch programs.

One would imagine that our childrens safety and diet are well managed by the government and the USDA, but those who believe such are unaware of the USDA's complicity in Big Meat and the lack of accountability the office has to the people of the USA.

Poor Nutrition and Calorie overload within the school lunch program

Recent studies by the Institute of Medicine show that school lunches do not follow the governments own guidelines as they relate to the Food Guide Pyramid and lunches have a very high quantity of calories, the caloric content of these meals is not weighted heavily in the current standards.

The massive epidemic of childhood obesity has some tangible roots in the food our children eat in schools. Poor nutritional guidelines outline the meals available and the rise of corporate sponsorships in our schools has led to a very poor and low nutrition availability of snacks to our children.


Luckily, in 2010 , the Obama Administration and related governmental bodies have plans in store for overhauling both the free lunch program and the menu items available in school lunches for all children. it has been suggested that a caloric ceiling should be applied to meal choices.

A growing and healthy pattern of incorporating vegetarian and organic options into the school lunch plan is developing. Local Farmers markets and lesser known healthy brands are beginning to make their way into out nations cafeterias. But certainly not at a fast enough rate.

At this time teh best way to manage a healthy diet for your children is to create their meals at home and not expect the school system to be babysitters and nutritionists, but this attitude doesnt help the millions of kids who rely on the free lunch program to provide their nutrition.

1 in 3 American Children suffer from obesity

Schools struggle to increase nutrition

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    • GPAGE profile image

      GPAGE 

      8 years ago from California

      This is so true. I only let me kids have lunch at school once a week. They are not allowed to eat any beef served there either. I do hope that things improve for other kids who have no choice. Best, GPAGE

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      Ivorwen 

      8 years ago from Hither and Yonder

      I ran a licenced daycare for several years, and had to serve according to the states food program. There were a number of choices, some better than others, but most were not great. The saddest thing to me was watching children's health improve, because I was feeding them better than they had been fed at their previous daycares or at home. :(

      I actually dropped my daycare licence based on the food program. I did not want to feed my children such a low quality diet, and figured their health was more important then my business.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      8 years ago from France

      I must say that here in France the school lunches are exceptional. They use local produce and balanced meals which include a starter (salad or soup) a main course (meat and legumes) a dessert which every second day is a piece of fruit, cheese and water.

      There has been a big campaign for eating healthy in here and most children are well aware that they should not be snacking and should be doing more physical activity.

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