School Meals Are Healthier, But Cost Families More

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The federal government wants to make school lunches healthier — which also may mean raising the cost for students in certain areas. The White House's child nutrition bill suggests costs go up by 10 cents at the most, but some places are raising prices more than that. Some people are worried that this might generate some backlash from recession-strapped families. How much should Americans have to pay for a healthy school lunch?

Becky Domokos-Bays, director of food and nutrition services for the Alexandria public schools in Virginia, talks about nutrition and cost in school lunch programs

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listener

Why is the federal government involved in buying pizza for schools around the country and how many overly fed bureaucrats and political cronies have their hand out between Washington and the school district?

Sep. 21 2011 08:31 AM
Alys Vincent from MA

I wish you would interview my sister in law. She took the New Hampshire school system that was in the red and turned it around. Now she advises the entire state system and teaches other schools how to turn it around. The Gov't has so much surplus no one wants (because most schools opt for pre-packaged frozen finished products like chicken nuggets) She cooks everything from scratch and has lowered the prices for the students back down to near a dollar each. She had enough money left over last year to give all the students steak tips on the last day of school. Her name is Phyllis Silva and works in the Bristol NH school system. I wish you would e-mail me, I would give you her number she would love to talk to you about the waste of food and money in our highly corporate school food programs

Sep. 21 2011 06:33 AM

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