Why New Lunch Guidelines?
According to a report on Fox News, the USDA stated the new guidelines are “intended to respond to serious concerns about childhood obesity and the importance for children to consume nutritious school meals within their calorie needs.” Currently, one in every three children in the United States is considered overweight or obese. The concerns have also been mounting in light of the fact that more children are taking advantage of the breakfast programs in their schools – making the fare provided by schools an even more significant amount of the nutritional content supplied to children most days of the week. The Chicago Tribune states that these rules represent the first major change to school meal standards in 15 years!
Finally, school lunches will begin catching up to the times in providing our children with a more nutritious fare. However, we hope that more work will be done to give children the healthiest fare possible during school hours.