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National School Lunch Program Threatened: Students Need Healthy, Nutritious Food


So what are the solutions to address food waste in schools? Polices that are backed by evidence. First, providing students with sufficient time to eat their meals (which should be at least 20 minutes of seated time), as well as offering recess before lunch in elementary schools, can be cost-free solutions. Second, the USDA can draw on existing programs to increase schools’ access to the highest quality and quantity of produce, grains, and proteins as a cost-effective way to offer better-tasting options for students. Lastly, the USDA can offer additional culinary training and support to help cafeteria staff prepare whole grain items and other more challenging foods using methods that enhance flavor without extra salt.


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