Monday, August 24, 2015
MOST AMERICANS SUPPORT SCHOOL MEAL MENUS
A majority of Americans (86%) support providing schoolchildren with healthy meals that consist of more fruits and vegetables and fewer foods high in calories and sodium, according to a national poll released by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. Two-thirds of respondents say the nutritional quality of food served in public school cafeterias is excellent or good, which is up from 26% when a similar poll was conducted in 2010, before the new standards were adopted. And 93% of those surveyed believe that it is very important or somewhat important to serve nutritious foods in schools to support children’s health and capacity to learn.The survey comes as supporters and opponents of the school nutritional standards fight over the cost of providing healthier foods. Reauthorization of the law has been held up in Congress because opponents say it has created financial burdens for some schools, in part because fresh fruit and vegetables can be more expensive. The law is set to expire Sept. 30.
Source: New York Times, 8/19/15, School Meal Support