Tuesday, September 6, 2016

School Lunches in the U.S.

When I saw First Lady Michelle Obama had visited Howard University the other day, it brought to mind her campaign to improve school lunches across the country. While strides have been made, there’s quite a disparity between what students are served in U.S. schools and abroad.

Most Americans would assume we feed our students better, but that’s not the case. Take a look at this short segment from the CBS news magazine show Sunday Morning to learn the truth:

Click here: Sunday Morning

When I first saw this particular show, I visited the principal of my school the next morning with a question. How much does a student lunch in our school cafeteria cost to make?  The answer was $5.00. This is the same as in most French schools. There, however, chefs prepare complete healthy meals which are served restaurant style to all students.

Are we not one of the wealthiest nations on the planet? Yet we feed only some of our students, and those meals certainly do not measure up to the standards in other first world countries. We should do better by our children. Our future as a nation depends upon their health and well-being.

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