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What an ideal school meal should look like and who can get a free-of-charge school meal?

My son is a third-grader. One of the school matters I am concerned about is the school lunch. What is better: a canteen meal or a home-made lunch in a box? My son attends an elementary school now and we he is not exempt from meal charges. Who can get a subsidized meal at a public high school? We plan on moving to another state, so, I am interested if nutrition programs vary across school districts. What is the best school district in the USA? What products should a nutritionally balanced school meal for a school city student include?

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Donald Ward on January 17, 2018

School lunches make an important component of the process of education that allows children to stay healthy. What to choose depends on a great number of factors. The first one is prices. The U. S. school nutrition programs provide children from low-income families with free-of- charge or cheaper meals. If a family has a sufficient income, the parents have to pay for the meal. There are common rules of getting a subsidized nutrition that work regardless of the grade: your child can be a first-grader as well as a student of public high schools. According to USDA https://www.fns.usda.gov/, families that participate in programs like State SNAP, the FDPIR, State TANF can get charge-free meals or meals at reduced prices. Besides, subsidized lunches are available for school city students from families seeking asylums, families with a particular level of income, and some other categories of citizens. If you are not classified in any of these categories and you choose to cook a meal for your kid by yourself, you can save money this way. The second factor is the fact that a home-made meal is likely to get cold by lunch time, while eating at a school canteen, a child gets fresh, hot and healthy food. And preferences of your child make the third factor. You know better what your son likes, and you can provide him with this type of food. Moreover, cooking lunch on your own, you can be sure that your child will not eat anything causing an allergic reaction.

As for the U. S. school districts, I cannot say which one is better. Of course, there
are characteristic features of each of them resulting from local government, local
climate, etc. But still, there are federal nutrition programs that are valid in all states.

Speaking about lunch, it should be made taking into account the child’s needs. Children need more carbohydrates and proteins than adult people. A sandwich (carbohydrates) with meat or cheese (proteins) will be a good option of a school lunch. A banana is an appropriate fruit, as it is rich in carbohydrates and children are not likely to get their hands or clothes dirty after eating a banana. But the same is not true for, let say, oranges.

 

Kayla Bowena year ago

School lunch policy varies significantly throughout the world. Some countries provide all the pupils with meals that are free of charge. Other countries have no nation-wide school nutrition program and parents are expected to prepare lunch boxes for their children. In developing countries, school lunches save children who grow up in indigent families from hunger and deprivation. In some countries, only particular categories of children can get free school meals. These categories, as it was mentioned, are defined according to income level of a family. And the US is classified as a country with this type of school nutrition programs. The program was introduced on a federal level in the beginning of the 20 th century and it was aimed to help hungry pupils and to solve some economic problems. It has developed significantly over the recent decades. Modern school meals meet all the requirements of dietitians since they are nutritionally balanced.


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