Does Your School's Lunch Program Pass or Fail?
Do you remember pizza Fridays, cookie snacks and trips to the vending machine for a soda? Not that long ago, this nutrition deficient trio was the norm in every school system in the US. However, the policy makers, once blind to the problem, have started to take the issue head on. Vending machines are being removed, and school officials are taking a closer look at what children need to thrive nutritionally.
According to a New York Times article, the First Lady and her colleagues are determined to make child nutrition a top priority. The National School Lunch Program as well as the recent Child Nutrition Act are working towards making nutrition a more integral part of every child’s education.
One of our very own graduates, Nancy Easton, is co-founder of Wellness in the Schools (WITS), a non-profit organization highlighted in the Times article. The WITS team is working to place culinary school graduates in the New York City public schools to help create healthy lunches.
Non-profits like WITS are agents of the change we need to overhaul the nutritionally weak school lunches that are so common. With these organizations, the support of policy makers and local school officials, school lunches can achieve the A+ parents and kids are looking for.
Have you seen the effects yet? Go back to your elementary school for a visit or join your kids at lunch one day. Let us know what you find out!