School Lunches

Feeding a child is a basic parental responsibility - yet the federal government has increasingly taken over this role. School children can now get breakfast, lunch and dinner at school, while some schools even provide summer feeding programs.

Unfortunately, this is precisely the wrong solution if we want healthy kids. The newest research on childhood obesity finds that children are at a lower risk for obesity if their parents take a greater role in their nutrition. Children who eat dinner with their families, get adequate sleep at night, and watch less television are much healthier than kids who don’t practice these three simple steps.

Despite this research, in 2010, billions of dollars were added to the already wasteful and fraudulent federal school lunch program. Adding money to an already broken system won’t do anything to help make our kids healthier. The only real solution is to encourage greater parental responsibility over a child’s food needs. This will reduce the number of children currently (and unnecessarily) enrolled in the school lunch program so that taxpayer dollars can be directed to only those families who truly need assistance in feeding their children.

 

ARTICLES:

This Year, Make Your Children Lunch
August 30 2013
Julie Gunlock and Laura Fuentes
The Daily Caller



Kentucky Parents Complain Their Schools’ Food “Tastes Like Vomit”
August 29 2013
Vicki E. Alger



There’s No Such Thing as a Free Lunch—Except in New Jersey
July 22 2013
Vicki E. Alger



Nationwide Federal School Lunch Opt-Out
July 22 2013
Vicki E. Alger



High Costs and Hungry Kids
July 12 2013
Vicki E. Alger



Opting Out of Federal School Lunches
July 9 2013
Vicki E. Alger



Breaking News: School Lunches Are Still Gross!
May 14 2013
Julie Gunlock



Bans on Home-Packed Lunch and Compulsory Cooking Classes
February 12 2013
Julie Gunlock



BlogHer Food Interviews: Your Brand + Your Causes
February 7 2013
Julie Gunlock
BlogHer



Then They Came for the School Snacks
February 4 2013
Julie Gunlock



Is Michelle Moving On?
January 30 2013
Julie Gunlock



Hey Moms, Look Out! Fatty Meat Coming to Your Child’s Lunch Tray
January 18 2013
Julie Gunlock
BlogHer



WNBA Player Lisa Leslie: A Women for Food Freedom and Parental Responsibility!
January 17 2013
Julie Gunlock



Unintended Consequences of Nannying
December 13 2012
Julie Gunlock



Let’s Put Government—Not Schoolchildren—on a Diet
November 17 2012
Vicki E. Alger



Chicken Nuggets with a Side of Rat Droppings
October 31 2012
Julie Gunlock



USDA Muddles Food Messages to Parents
October 5 2012
Julie Gunlock



School Lunches: Helping Parents Pack Lunches
October 3 2012
Julie Gunlock



School Lunch Promises Broken
September 26 2012
Julie Gunlock



School Lunch Reform = Hungry, Angry Kids.
September 24 2012
Julie Gunlock



Still Hungry, No Healthier
September 18 2012
Julie Gunlock



School Lunches Make Their Unhealthy Return
September 14 2012
Julie Gunlock
National Review Online



Fooled Again, Ms. Parker!
August 7 2012
Julie Gunlock



School Lunch Scam—Chicago Style
July 20 2012
Vicki E. Alger



Weight Obsessed America
July 17 2012
Julie Gunlock



Praise for Summer Feeding Programs Masks Massive Parental Neglect
July 2 2012
Julie Gunlock



New Meal Plan for Laid Off Teachers-of-the-Year?
June 16 2012
Vicki E. Alger



What Mrs. Obama is Most Interested in Growing Isn’t a Garden, But Government
June 1 2012
Julie Gunlock



The Chicken Nugget Bill
May 30 2012
Julie Gunlock



Federal Food Fight at the Taxpayers’ Table
May 29 2012
Vicki E. Alger



Lunch Line Bottom Line: School Meal Costs on the Rise
May 24 2012
Vicki E. Alger



School Lunch Opt-Out
May 22 2012
Vicki E. Alger



The $15,000 Soda
May 18 2012
Julie Gunlock



School Choice is Chef’s Solution to “Government Monster”
April 30 2012
Vicki E. Alger



Parents Keep Kids Healthy
April 25 2012
Julie Gunlock



Choosing Pink Slime
March 16 2012
Julie Gunlock



Lunch Nazis on the Attack
February 16 2012
Julie Gunlock
NY Post



Home-Packed Meals Don’t Meet Government Standards
February 15 2012
Julie Gunlock
National Review Online: The Home Front



Dueling Obesity Studies
February 10 2012
Julie Gunlock



Parenting: A Lost Art
February 4 2012
Julie Gunlock



New School Lunch Standards Announced
January 26 2012
Julie Gunlock



Parents Make The Difference
January 23 2012
Julie Gunlock



School Lunch Fraud
January 19 2012
Julie Gunlock



Big Brother Tells Mom and Dad to Stand Aside
January 17 2012
Julie Gunlock



Miss Oklahoma--A Woman For Food Freedom!
January 17 2012
Julie Gunlock



The Big-Government Barometer
January 3 2012
Julie Gunlock
National Review



New Ad Campaign Targets Fat Kids
January 3 2012
Julie Gunlock



Blame The Free Market
December 29 2011
Julie Gunlock



More Failure on School Lunches
December 21 2011
Julie Gunlock



The Great Pear Debate
December 16 2011
Julie Gunlock