Politics and the School Lunch Program

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There is no doubt that school lunches are quite important and for some children it might be the best meal they get each day. And that is why the school lunch program is so crucial.

Recently, politicians have been looking at the types of food being served and there is a movement to reduce the amount of junk food. But much of the food that kids eat come from vending machines.

According to many members of the Senate, the goal is for the USDA to have authority to regulate school food outside the school lunch program – meaning the government could set standards for vending machine and a la carte offerings. It also requires schools to serve more fruits and vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy products.

Those who argue against this say it will cost too much to provide the healthier foods. What needs to be done is to take a good look at the long term cost of not doing it!

Reported By: Dr. Brian McDonough, KYW Newsradio Medical Editor

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