Poll Finds Most Americans Want Healthy School Lunches
According to a national poll conducted by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, a large majority of Americans want school lunches to be more nutritious.
About 86 percent of those surveyed said they support the 2010 law that required schools to upgrade their nutritional standards. Roughly 93 percent said they believe it is very important or somewhat important to have schools serve nutritious food. Also two-thirds of those who responded said they believe the nutritional quality of public school cafeteria food is excellent or good; only 26 percent of the respondents felt that way in a similar poll taken in 2010.
Opponents of the law say its requirement of more fresh fruits and vegetables drives up food costs and has resulted in more waste from kids who don’t want the healthy foods. The School Nutrition Association, an organization made up of cafeteria workers, has been lobbying Congress to relax the new standards. The association gets a majority of its funding from food companies.
The poll also found that around 90 percent of Americans support more government spending on farm-to-school programs, which would bring food from local farms and teach children about nutrition. There is equally overwhelming support for encouraging children to drink more water instead of sugary drinks.