School Food Policy

Over the years, schools have become a microcosm for what’s wrong with our food system. From meat and cheese-laden lunches to soda-stocked vending machines to visits from Ronald McDonald, schoolchildren are bombarded with all the wrong messages about how to eat in the one place that should be a safe haven. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Many schools are finding viable solutions, including salad bar programs and strong anti-marketing policies.

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