Oregon is making progress at ensuring all kids are getting the nutrition they need in K-12 public schools, but there is still much room for improvement.
That’s the conclusion reached in Oregon’s Healthy School Food Report Card, released in October, 2015 by Upstream Public Health, Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon and the American Heart Association. The report was designed to help parents, school administrators and legislators understand where Oregon makes the grade in feeding better food to kids, and where we are still falling behind.
Providing kids with healthy and delicious food in school is critical for their success. Hunger and poor nutrition have a direct and negative impact on children’s ability to learn, and hunger contributes to Oregon’s persistent achievement gap. More than half of all Oregon students qualify for the federal free and reduced-price meal programs. In many cases, school meals provide the majority of the calories and nutrition a child receives each day.
See KOIN TV media coverage here: School lunches really about the future of Oregon
And see the original report here: Oregon’s Healthy School Food Report Card