Children from families with incomes between 130 percent and 185 percent of the poverty line are eligible for reduced lunches, meaning that they cannot be charged more than 40 cents for a meal (“School Meals”, 2012). Children from families with incomes under 130 percent of the poverty line are eligible for free lunches from schools. Children from families with incomes greater than 185 percent of the poverty line pay full price for their meals, but their meals are still subsidized to some extent. Local schools set their own prices for a full-price meal but must operate their meal services as non-profit programs. Afterschool snacks are provided to children on the same income basis as lunches, but programs that are in areas where at least 50 percent of students get free or reduce lunches, can serve all snacks free (“School Meals”, 2012).
During the school year, many schools provide free breakfast and lunch to those who qualify. Yet schools isn’t in session all year long. The Summer Food Service Program provides free or reduced-price meals to children under the age of 18 in low-income families. These programs are crucial because they ensure that children maintain a nutritious diet throughout the summer. The Summer Food Service Program is a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Child Program.
Define the topic (what it is, why it is important, who is affected, etc); 1000 words The National School Lunch Program was established in 1946 under the National School Lunch Act, signed by President Harry Truman. The federally assisted meal program was established as a "measure of national security, to safeguard the health and well-being of the Nation's children and to encourage the domestic consumption of nutritious agricultural commodities." It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day as the USDA administers the program at the Federal level. At the state level, state education or agricultural agencies administer the program through agreements with school food authorities. Children from families with incomes at or below 130% of the poverty level are eligible for free meals.
Soda’s are leaving vending machines and being be substituted with less-sugary drinks, bread is being substituted for whole wheat and milk is being substituted to fat free milk. First Lady Michelle Obama took it into her own hands to provide the United states children with food that meets nutritional standards. “Through the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act championed by the First Lady and signed by President Obama, USDA made the first major changes in school meals in 15 years, which will help us raise a healthier generation of children.” (Leonard). Healthy Hunger- Free Act went into effect in 2012 some of the changes were that meals needed 5 components: grain, meat, fruit, vegetable, and milk. Students MUST take at least 1/2 cup of fruit OR vegetable for a meal.
School Breakfast Programs There are many benefits and many possible drawbacks for the participation in a federal school breakfast program. The USDA sponsors the federal school breakfast program. The relationship between hunger and the ability to learn are very closely related. Of the many benefits to a school breakfast program, one includes the assurance that the children are eating a balanced meal during the school day. In turn researchers believe that eating a balanced healthy breakfast leads children in enhancing attention and alertness, energy and motivation, concentration and self-discipline (Ragno, 1994).
In a poll given to fourteen Saint James students, 92% of students said that their parents would most likely buy the healthier school options over packing a lunch/buying the old school lunches. Healthier school lunch options can help many parents out with something as simple as getting rid of the hassle of packing a