The National School Lunch Act is a federal law passed in 1947 with Richard B. Russell, Democratic Senator of Georgia, as its chief sponsor. It was made to provide nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to the nation’s public school children.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) donates cash subsidies to the school to show their support. In return for the USDA’s support, the school must serve nutritional meals each day that meet federal requirements.
According to the National School Lunch Program (also called the National School Lunch Act) schools cannot serve more than 30% of fat in a meal or 10% of saturated fat. However, each meal must have proteins, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, iron, calcium and calories. These are the federal requirements of a school meal if the school participates in the National School Lunch Program. Also, meals must have fruits and vegetables and/or whole grains. Kids must be served all of these things for nutrition.
PS/MS 57 James Weldon Johnson Leadership Academy is a participant in the National School Lunch Program. There, fruits, vegetables and whole grains are served. That is all thanks to the National School Lunch Program. Although not many people think that there should be ONLY fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
”I think it is great that we’re getting all of these healthy foods,” said Marzana Begum, a student at PS/MS 57 James Weldon Johnson Leadership Academy. “But I also think that there should be time for a little dessert once in a while.”
There are some kids at PS/MS 57 who are tired of getting the same food each week and want more than just fruits and vegetables.
If you want to learn more about the National School Lunch Act and how kids around the world are reacting to it, check out www.fns.usda.gov/slp.
- Healthy School Lunches Campaign Helps Kids Get Healthy (ms57kids.wordpress.com)