Studies have proven that children who eat a hearty breakfast and lunch are more focused and peaceful in their studies and social settings.The National School Lunch Program, established in 1946, provides federal support to schools that serve USDA approved meals to their students. This support is provided both financially and in the form of surplus foods. Since the National School Lunch Act was enacted in 1946 over 180 billion meals have been served to children across the country. In the 2000-2001 school year alone approximately 8,000 schools -- 27.4 million children -- participated.For many children, their school lunch will be the most important meal of their day. Children depend upon their warm school lunch for 1/3 to 1/2 of their nutritional intake. Healthy diets help children grow, develop, and do well in school. Thus, the intent of the National School Lunch Program is that all children receive a daily, warm, healthy meal that meets approved nutritional requirements.
Last Modified on January 28, 2009