What's in Your Lunchbox?

We’ve been following the news of the Obama administration’s overhaul of the Child Nutrition Act by signing the Healthy, Hunger -Free Kids Act, an act that aims to provide all kids with healthy food options in schools. The act will add $4.5 billion in new resources over 10 years, and is the largest single increase in funding for school lunches in the United State’s history.

The biggest boost in the school’s nutrition programs is the increase in the amount of money to be given to the National School Lunch Program. Districts will get about 6-cents increased per child, the most welcome relief from the federal government in 30 years. The Department of Agriculture will oversee the administration of the bill and will be responsible for crafting new school nutrition standards.

“Many children get up to half their daily calories from school meals,” Mrs. Obama said. “It’s clear that we as a nation have a responsibility to meet as well. I think that parents have a right to expect that their efforts at home won’t be undone each day in the school cafeteria or in the vending machine in the hallway.”

With one in three children in the US considered clinically obese, the act’s focus on increasing the number of fresh fruits and vegetables is a welcome change. Here’s an example of how one city is working together with local farms to improve the content of school lunches. To get more involved locally, follow the work of the Healthy School Lunch Campaign, a nonprofit organization that helps to call attention to the importance of healthier options in schools by working with schools locally in the interest of improving legislation nationally.

To see what kids are eating for lunch around the world, check out this article. Fascinating!

Food for thought:

How does your local school district measure up?

Have you found ways to incorporate fruits and vegetables into your child’s meals?

What are the biggest challenges to you for keeping your kids healthy? (Here’s one we found.)

When you compare what you’re feeding your kids vs. what you ate as a child, are there any big differences?

Tell us more.