Target: Catlin School District
Goal: Commend Catlin School District for its efforts to bring nutritious, creative, and flavorful meals into the district’s new lunch program
In order to have more freedom to provide more varied and nutritious lunches to its students, the Catlin school district has left the federal lunch program and created its own. The flexibility in meal planning allows the school to survey parents for ideas on meal items. So far, suggestions have included tomato soup, grilled cheese, chicken and noodles, and pancakes and eggs.
The school recently left the federal lunch program after noticing that many kids threw away food that they did not want to eat—food that was limited and unappealing as a result of new, stricter nutritional guidelines of the federal lunch program. Catlin School Superintendent Gary Lewis says that they will make sure all lunches include fruits, vegetables, and multigrain, and will provide alternative meal options such as reduced fat or sodium items. He believes that their new lunch plans will help make meals not only nutritious, but child-friendly and appealing.
Though lunch prices will be temporarily raised to cover the losses from state reimbursements, Lewis says that students who qualified for free or reduced-price lunches will still pay their original reduced prices.
By signing this petition you will help show your appreciation for the Catlin school district’s decision to implement new, healthy, and flavorful lunches into their meal program.
Dear Catlin School District,
I would like to show my appreciation for your efforts in revising your school lunch program so that students can have the benefits of nutritious lunches that they enjoy. Though the federal lunch program has been redesigned so that nutritional standards are met, the lunches are so unappealing that students throw away much of the food that they do not like, and as a result take in very little of the nutrition that the lunches provide. On the other hand, having a program like the one you implemented allows parents to give ideas on what foods they prefer their children eating; merging these ideas with nutritional guidelines results in an effective lunch program where kids are eating healthy and they like what they are eating.
It is very important for children to receive the nutrition that they need in order to learn and grow. I believe that your lunch program will be very successful and I look forward to seeing other school districts follow in your footsteps and lead their students to better health and eating habits.
[Your Name Here]
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