School Lunch Program




School Lunch Program A federal program established under the National School Lunch Program of 1946 to protect the health of U.S. children through the consumption of nutritious foods. The act authorized state grant-in-aid program to provide cash and food. The cost is shared among the USDA, state and local governments, and children's families. Household income determines whether a child will receive a reduced rate or free meal. To qualify, household income must be below 185 percent of the federal poverty level; for free meals household income must fall below 130 percent of the poverty level.

The National School Lunch Program is open to public and private schools and to residential child care institutions. Schools that participate in the program receive financial assistance, donated surplus commodities and technical assistance in equipping and managing the program. In the 1970s, the Nutrition Education and Training Program was developed to educate students about the relationship between nutrition and health, to train food service personnel in management, and to instruct teachers in nutrition education. The program was expanded due to increased need for low-cost, subsidized meals, especially among economically disadvantaged children.

On a typical day in school year 2000-2001, 15.6 million children participated in the program. The

program has continued to serve nutritious school lunches to children who would not likely receive lunch from another source. Furthermore, school lunches have provided approximately 33 percent of the RECOMMENDED DIETARY ALLOWANCES (RDAs) for children of various ages. Eligibility for participation in the program is contingent upon operating on a nonprofit basis, providing free or reduced price lunches to needy children, making lunches available to all children providing dining and kitchen facilities, avoiding segregation of needy children and serving meals that conform to USDA guidelines.

School lunches must meet the DIETARY GUIDELINES FOR AMERICANS, which recommend that no more than 30 percent of a person's calories come from fat and less than 10 percent from saturated fat. The lunches should also provide one-third of the U.S. RDA of protein, iron, calcium, and vitamins A and C. In 2001 the Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine issued a report that found that many school lunches offered in the National School Lunch Program did not meet these requirements. Only one in 12 elementary school districts substituted lower-fat, cholesterol-free plant protein in place of meat, and one-fourth were not meeting USDA nutrition requirements.

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what is the purpose of the National School Lunch Program?...

so kids can eat while at school?The National School Lunch Program was designed to help children who fall within set guidelines based on the poverty line to have

Has anyone ever fought a school lunch program and won?...

if you are in high school then go off campus for lunch and boycott the food. that help at my school. they got better quality food.

Is the national school lunch program a disgrace?...

states control the lunches servedThe school lunch program is optional.

And there are efforts being put forth to try to change the menu so that it is healthier

Why does Tea Party object to school lunch program, and head start for children?...

This is unbelievable, where are you getting this crap. No, we are for giving a hand up not a hand out. If you need your illegal kid feed see a padre.Ha Ha…. ”

Why did Obama cut funding for AIDS research and the School lunch program?...

Please share your source.Cuts have to be made in places regardless of the positive impact each program has had in a budget crisis. It’s logical.Because the Obam

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Well with a Libertarian society taxes would be much lower. With that much income being directly increased and factoring in that America is the largest charitabl

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