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Is it Healthy to Leave School Lunch to the Feds?Sarah Reid, RHNC
Luckily, the school lunch programs are also being pressured by the American Dietetic Association to stop selling soda pop or sweets at all (although most still promote and sell sweetened, flavoured milk). The stumbling block is, as always, money. Schools earn extra (and guaranteed) revenue from junk-food sales, and general food prices are hitting the roof – to say nothing of what nutritious, wholesome offerings cost. It’s hard to tighten the purse-strings on the already strangled budget education institutions contend with, and while the government is willing to allow schools to serve up pre-packaged slop they won’t hand down the funding that the programs desperately need to make something healthy the kids might actually eat.