Justice For Students: Advocating for Fresh, Healthier Options in DC Public School Lunches

Justice For Students: Advocating for Fresh, Healthier Options in DC Public School Lunches

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Rye Amos started this petition to Food and Nutrition Services at DC Public Schools

Over the years, public school lunches have gone through drastic changes from the Reagan era now to the newest adaptations made by the Trump administration. Since millions of children nationwide rely on these meals as they are made accessible for all students, these meals should hold the highest standards. Although the current, national guidelines in place are doing a great job at targeting nutrition intake in children, many DCPS students would agree that the meals seen in the cafeteria often do not reflect what is in place. With much of the fruits and vegetables being prepared from cans often filled with preservatives, together, DCPS students would like to advocate for foods made from fresh ingredients and that are not sugar, salt and calorie dense.

In addition, not only must more healthy, and fresh foods be incorporated but the ways they are prepared should be changed as well. In my own cafeteria at School Without Walls Senior High School, there is no kitchen and very minimal cooking equipment for the meals that are prepared. Because of this issue much of the food given to students has to be reheated instead of being cooked which has been proven to cause foods to lose much of their nutritional content (M. White). This becomes apparent through the discoloration and bland taste students experience with their meals. With that being said, DC Public School Food and Nutrition Services must develop more ways to fund organizations such as Farm to School Programs, and fresh food companies in general, as the benefits of doing so would lead to better academic performance, healthier diets and allow students to become aware of where their food comes from (L. Anderson).

 

Sources Cited:

https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a118244.pdf

https://www.brookings.edu/blog/brown-center-chalkboard/2017/05/03/how-the-quality-of-school-lunch-affects-students-academic-performance/

 

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