Why I Care About School Lunch

July 10, 2009

By Mark Bishop, Deputy Director

Claire Stanford
at Civil Eats wrote about why 20-somethings should care about school
lunch reform, but in the process wrote a piece that should compel us
all:

I care about school lunch because five years from now (or five years
from then), I may be sending my kids to school, and I want to be
confident they’re getting a lunch that is both tasty and nutritious. I
care because my taxes will be paying for the health care costs of
diabetes (which one in three children born after the year 2000 will
have). I care because better school lunch can help stimulate local
economies, by giving workers skills and investing in local farms. I
care because school lunch is a holistic problem, with wide-ranging
implications…

I care about school lunch because I want my son to
succeed. I care about school lunch because I want my son to outlive me.
I care about school lunch because all children deserve a fighting
chance for a quality education. I care because children are the
consumers of tomorrow who are forming lifelong habits in school today.

I care about school lunch because we can do something about it. 

What about you?