Massachusetts Healthy School Lunch Coalition Info Session

Massachusetts Healthy School Lunch Coalition Info Session

A presentation by Sofia Assab. The National School Lunch (NSL) program was established 75 years ago out of the concern that too many American children were undernourished. While free-and-reduced school lunch remains a critical program to ensure that all children have access to food, we know now that food security does not always mean nutrition security. Today, school food has become a business that often puts profit over children’s health. Where once children lacked access to adequate calories and sources of protein, now most Massachusetts children over-consume calorie-dense and nutrient-poor food products. These food products have been linked to chronic disease and are overrepresented on school lunch menus: think chicken nuggets, cheeseburgers, frozen pizza, hot dogs, deli meat. At the same time, 9 out of 10 Massachusetts children under-consume fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and proteins high in fiber and other critical nutrients. The HSL bill calls to replace disease-promoting foods typically served for lunch with healthful whole foods, and declares every March 21st Massachusetts Child Nutrition Day to educate and empower children about healthy eating—starting with what’s on their plate. RSVP for the Zoom link.