School lunches are low-priced or free so that they are accessible to students, but I’d say kids who rely on school meals for nutrition are getting a raw deal.
There have been many times where the fruit is still frozen or the bread is as hard as rocks. Many kids who get school meals complain about a lot of the food being unappetizing or not nourishing enough. Some schools have started to make changes, but a lot of schools in Fresno only meet the bare minimum for nutrition and health policies.
Fresno County produces a big amount of fruits, vegetables, nuts and meats every year, but schools continue to serve factory-made meals to students. A few have school gardens, but the food grown in the gardens is not served in lunches.
We can encourage schools to look into serving locally grown fruits and vegetables, and replacing meat from feedlots with meat that is free-range and grass fed. If you agree, speak out and give the best to Fresno’s children.
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Estella Scriptunas, Fresno