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The Georgia Department of Education’s School Nutrition Program:
Overview of Recent Changes to Meal Plan

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Strayer University

ENG 115: English Composition
Professor Gabriel Smith
February 1, 2014

Children in today’s society may end up “hav[ing] a shorter lifespan than their parents” (United States Department of Agriculture, 2013, p 3) per health professionals, if the ongoing issue of childhood obesity is not addressed. It is in reaction to this type of findings that the United States Government has adapted the United States Department of Agriculture’s New Meal Pattern and passed the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Implementing the procedures and policies of these programs, the Georgia State Department of Education’s School Nutrition Program (“Georgia School Nutrition Program”) has made recent changes to its meal plan. The Georgia School Nutrition Program’s new meal plan is now focused on maintaining reasonably priced meal payments for parents, monitoring children’s health issues and improving students’ nutrition by providing healthy meals utilizing the United States Department of Agriculture’s New Meal Pattern guidelines.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, in 2010 there were around 17 million US households that faced the financial hardship of providing enough food for their families. Further, the Georgia Department of Education (2012) has found that if the meal program was not available at school, many students would receive no meal for lunch. Taking this into consideration, the School Nutrition Program along with the State of Georgia is striving to make sure that the expected national price increase will have little or no impact on Georgia families with school age children. The United States Department of Agriculture predicts the national increase in costs per school meals will be between $0.17 to…...

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