Nutrition is the most essential element for naturally good health in body and mind, particularly in growing children. Paradoxically while poverty, which is often associated with government inefficiency and abuses, has the potential to kill families due to malnutrition among other factors associated with poverty, the kids who are placed in the federally funded National School Lunch Program (NSLP) due to poverty are benefiting from this program. In Syracuse, as reported in the New York State Community Action Association Poverty Report for 2010, the poverty level has been catastrophically high at 29.4% and so a lot of kids in the community are in the National School Lunch Program.
ScienceDaily has reported "U.S. National School Lunch Program Improves Health of Children in Low-Income Households, Study Suggests." It has been noted that the federally funded National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides free and reduced-price meals for more than 31 million children every school day. And a recent study has confirmed that school lunches improve the health outcomes of children who reside in low-income households.
This study has found that the NSLP reduces the prevalence of food insecurity, which is a situation in which an individual cannot access enough food to sustain active, healthy living, by 3.8 percent, poor general health by 29 percent, and the rate of obesity by at least 17 percent in its participants. Brent Kreider, an Iowa State professor of economics who collaborated on the study, has commented "We think our results provide good evidence that the school lunch program is having generally beneficial effects on children's health outcomes."
If you feel your children may benefit from the National School Lunch Program, please visit the Food Service Office at 760 W. Exchange Street to complete a NSLP meal application.
Harold Mandel, Syracuse Natural Health Examiner