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USDA's Billion Dollar Subsidy Program for School Lunches Causing Epidemic of Childhood Obesity

Impact of Federal Commodity Programs on School Meal Nutrition

This study, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is an indictment of school nutrition programs as major contributors to the childhood obesity problem in the U.S. USDA offers 180 different commodity food items a year totaling approximately $1 billion; providing the largest single source of food for school meals. This report includes four key recommendations aimed at improving the nutrition of school meals. The report summary is here: http://www.rwjf.org/files/research/3484.34381.pdf

For more information on how you can get involved in improving your school foodservice:

http://www.healthyschoollunches.org/

http://www.lunchlessons.org/

http://www.farmtoschool.org/

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