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A visit to a school lunchroom at noon would quickly dispel any preconceived view of how lunch goes down in children Most youngsters will dive for the cookies first eat a bite or two out of the sandwich and the apple throw away the rest and turn to the serious business of snack foods There are approximately 25 million children in 93000 schools who receive breakfast and lunch through the school cafeteria Although research has shown that eating healthy at an early age helps youngsters develop good eating habits these lunches and breakfasts are loaded with fat sodium sugar and are low in fiber A nutritious diet will positively affect the performance of a student work Sherman 18 Nutrition is the process by which a living being takes food and supplies it as nourishment to live and grow properly The government needs to realize that good nutrition and nutrition education are two essential ingredients in a school health program and in education Beatrice Trum Hunter in her article Upgrading School Lunches says that the Federal government set up the National School Lunch Program in 1946 and later the school breakfast program The reasons for this is there was a growing surplus of certain subsidized agricultural products and many children in the country were going through theentire day without sufficient nutrition Hunter 146-147 According to Barbara Meeks dietitian at Warren Local Schools during War World II soldiers were so malnourished the National Government decided that children were not being properly educated and nourished The government started the commodities service so that young soldiers would be in better health to fight in wars Meeks The programs were administered by the US Department of Agriculture USDA While the National Institute of Health tells people to avoid fats and cholesterol the US Department of Agriculture feeds kids eggs cheese and fatty sausages for breakfast Through this program the government bought a surplus of meat cheese milk and butter from
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