Providing healthy and free school lunches for all
Governor Lamont recently signed legislation to extend Connecticut’s free school lunch program through the academic year, with a $60 million price tag. Today, we talk about what free lunches mean for students. How will they benefit, and what are the costs?
Marlene Schwartz of UConn joins us. She says students should never have to worry about being hungry at school.
The USDA recently announced new standards for nutrition in schools, including eliminating trans fats, and lowering sugar and sodium content in school lunches.
Healthier lunches mean increased costs at a time when we already see food shortages and increased costs in labor.
- Lonnie Burt: Senior Director of Food & Child Nutrition Services at Hartford Public Schools
- Marlene Schwartz: Director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Health at UConn
- Dr. Melissa Santos: Division Chief of Pediatric Psychology and Clinical Director for Pediatric Obesity at Connecticut Children's
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