School Lunches

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Plant-Based School Lunches Are in Demand — but Big Dairy Is Still Prioritized Above Student Health

In the U.S., plant-based diets have skyrocketed in popularity over the last decade, and plant-based meals are now more accessible than ever. Public school lunches, however, have been slow to adapt. Despite reams of data showing that plant-based food is beneficial for both the environment and human body (especially for people of color, who are more likely to be lactose intolerant), most school districts still rely on meat and dairy products to feed their students. This is slowly beginning to change — but why has change come so slowly, and what can be done to speed it up?

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 Plant-Based School Lunches Are in Demand — but Big Dairy Is Still Prioritized Above Student Health

Students of color are likely to be lactose intolerant — yet dairy-free options in schools are still the exception to the rule.

100 Days of Real Food

Browse these school lunch ideas with your child and print your favorites for an easy lunch meal plan this week!

Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act allowed USDA, for the first time in over 30 years, opportunity to make real reforms to the school lunch and breakfast programs by improving the critical nutrition and hunger safety net for millions of children.

National School Lunch Program

The National School Lunch Program is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day.

School Nutrition Association

SNA is the national organization of school nutrition professionals committed to advancing the quality of school meal programs through education and advocacy.

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