Public School Lunch Costs.

In 1946, president Hary Truman signed a law establishing nationwide public school lunches. Public schools have provided free lunches for all students for the past two years. Ever since the pandemic, free school lunches have ended for most schools. Many people argued that you should not be educating children on how they are able to just get free handouts from the government, referring to free meals. As of right now, California, Colorado, and Maine have made a continuing policy to have free public school lunches. 


Why should schools provide free lunches? Having lunch during school is essential, all schools have to provide meals for students. Different studies show that when students get free and reduced lunches they aren't worrying about where their food is coming from. It has also been proven that free or reduced lunches decrease obesity rates and increase the good health of students. Many low-income families can not afford the cost of school lunches all year round. So free and reduced lunches help lessen the burden for not only these families but also all families. 


Negatives effect of free and reduced lunch. One example of a negative effect is that schools that have a high volume of students who take advantage of free lunch are not given as much funding as schools that have fewer kids who use the free and reduced lunch plan. Another negative consequence of free lunch is some parents may feel that they have to use this "plan" even if the lunch their children are served at school is less nutritional and less filling than a lunch brought from home. 


In my opinion, I think that school lunches should be free. Personally, it makes the most sense. I guess it really does not affect us students as much, mainly affects our parents or who pays for the lunch. I feel having free school lunch is one less things for families to worry about, especially lower class. 



-  Do you think all schools should have free lunches? Why or why not?

- Should they at least lower the costs of the lunches right now?

- What people are the non-free lunches going to affect the most?



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    • Yes, I can agree that it could be up to the schools based on if it is a more "wealthy" or "lower" school. 

  • I don't think that school lunches should have to be free. Since our school is paying for all of the food then the parents of the kids should have to pay a little money for lunches. I think if some of the families can't afford it, then they could get free lunch. There are some kids that don't eat at home and they look forward to lunch.

  • I don't think that schools should have free lunch. If lunches are free then they won't have any money to make the lunches better. I think that lunches should be free for some students who maybe cannot afford lunch every day. I also think that they should have more options for lunch. 

    • Yes, they should have a better and bigger variety of options for lunch.

  • I think giving all schools the option to offer free and reduced school lunches to families who want it is something America should do. Instead of qualifying for it, if a family thinks it would help their situation they should be able to use it, free and reduced lunch is very helpful and beneficial to children. 

  • I dont think school should have free lunch but not so expensive costs, if it was free it would probobaly be worse than what it is because we use that money for food or improvemnet on kitchen. i wish they had more options at lunch tho

  • I don't think all schools should have free lunch. I feel this would result in an even worse lunch then we have now. I feel if our parents can afford lunch we should have to pay. I also think the people who cant pay shouldn't have to, Good topic. 

    • I can totally understand what you are saying. I feel as a student the paying part does not affect me really which concludes my opinion. 

  • I agree that school lunch should be fre for everyone. Students have to be in school so it would help families with low income if lunches were free. I believe that if having free lunches is not an option at least they should lower the cost of them. Non-free lunches will affect low income people the most.

    • Yes, I agree with you.

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