Impact of School Meal Changes to the Community Essay

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The Impact of School Meal Changes to the Community Terri Cunningham ENG 115 May 1, 2014 Professor Trammell The impact of school meal changes to the community A revamp of the school lunch program has been long overdue and desperately needed for many years. However, it is going to cost schools a great deal of money to make the necessary changes to implement these new regulations. In 2010, First Lady Michelle Obama began to seek a major overhaul of the national school breakfast and lunch program as part of her Let’s Move! campaign. “As parents, we try to prepare decent meals, limit how much junk food our kids eat and ensure that they have a reasonably balanced diet,” said Mrs. Obama. “And when we are putting in all that effort the last thing we want is for our hard work to be undone each day in the school cafeteria” (Food and Nutrition Service [FNS], 2013). President Obama has signed these changes into law under the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, and, as a result, the United States Department of Agriculture has made the first major nutritional changes to the school mealtime program in fifteen years (FNS 2013). Currently, the national school lunch program costs $11 billion a year (Nixon, 2012) and serves 32 million children in more than 14,000 public school districts throughout our country (FNS, 2013). The approved changes to the nutrition regulations for the new program would increase these costs by $3.2 billion nationally, or roughly $228,571 for each district, over the next five years (FNS, 2013). To help offset the expenses involved in implementing these modifications, schools will receive a six-cent per lunch reimbursement increase from the government while also increasing the cost to students (Food and Nutrition Service [FNS], 2012, p. 1). The United States Government Accountability Office reported that despite an increase in the

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