My initial perception of school/breakfast is that the food servingsare not tasteful. The ideas have been influenced by experience. Onseveral occasions I have eaten food offered at school. It seems thatthe food is only prepared with the sole purpose of feeding students.This means that provided food is served to students, it does notmatter what is served provided it meets the “healthy law”standards. I also think that the meals are unreflective of our realfood culture. Every country has its unique food cultures, which theyprefer to eat. By the new school feeding programs attempting toimpose new meals, which only comprise of whole grains or low sodium,I consider it a move to forcefully impose a new food culture onstudents.
Politics is very influential in school feeding programs on numerousfronts. School lunch and breakfast must be federally approved. In2012, the “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act” was enacted. The actresulted in changes in the serving offered in schools. Children couldno longer be served pizza, chicken wings or salty French fries. Suchmeals were substituted with those low in fat, salt and calories.Currently, children are served more fruits, whole grain meals,vegetables and lean proteins. Feeding programs are based on agovernment agenda to reduce obesity rates in America. Due to theincreasing figures of children with obesity, Michelle Obama initiatedher “Let’s Move” movement in opposition to child obesity. It isthe move, which motivated the Obama administration to enforcestringent and new nutritional guidelines on any school lunch orbreakfast. Another area of influence is that the school programslargely depend on funding from government, which influences how thefoods are prepared.
The information provided has enhanced my dislike towards schoollunch/breakfast. However, I have been able to understand why a newlaw was implemented to change the meals served in schools. Thearticles explain that it is not possible for American children to beserved food that meets their meal preferences. Most of thesepreferences are on fat based foods that enhance our obesity rates.However, I do not think it makes sense for school programs to insiston food and nutrition, while parents continue to feed children themeals they desire. If any changes are to be made in reducing obesityrates, they have to begin by educating society and not imposing lawson what children eat. After all, more of the healthy meals are endingup in trash cans instead of being eaten by the children. My dislikealso enhances owing to the comparisons made between American schoolmeals and those of other countries. It is apparent that in othercountries like France, children are not blamed for what they eat.Instead food is moderated and not denied as is the case in America.
The additional reference relates to the topic because it focuses onanalyzing the actual problem with school lunch. The article explainsa number of reasons why American school food programs have failed.These include the lack of adequate federal allocation of money toschools (Siegel 1). School departments are compelled to cater forelectricity, overhead, trash collection and accounting costs. Theexpenses incurred by schools make it impossible for them to preparemeals from scratch, which explains why most of the foods areprocessed. Also, America’s food programs fail to reflect society’sactual food culture and do not consider the taste needs of thechildren (Siegel 1).
Siegel, Betina E. The Real Problem with Lunch. The New York Times,15 Jan. 2016. Web. 28 Mar. 2016.http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/16/opinion/the-real-problem-with- lunch.html