Should Schools Be Responsible for Ensuring Good Nutrition in the Foods They Serve?

Should Schools Be Responsible for Ensuring Good Nutrition in the Foods They Serve?

Should Schools Be Responsible for Ensuring Good Nutrition in the Foods They Serve?

Students may eat up to half of their daily calorie intake during school hours, which leaves schools responsible for providing nutritious foods that don't contribute to childhood obesity or nutritional deficiencies. Federally funded breakfast and lunch programs provide nutritious foods that cover all of the recommended food groups and offer these meals to students for free or at a reduced cost.

The United States Department of Agriculture is under pressure to provide healthy foods that combat the childhood obesity epidemic while still providing nutritious foods that stave off hunger. The USDA has created and recreated school breakfast and lunch menus to provide students with healthy breakfasts and lunches that include fruits, vegetables, whole grains and dairy choices.