A majority of Americans believe nutrition in local school meals falls far short of what children need, a new survey finds. And the foods people most associate with school meals – pizza, chicken nuggets and hamburgers – are the same foods they believe should be cut drastically from school menus.
The survey reports near-universal agreement that childhood obesity is a problem or crisis, and improving the health of American children requires communities to prioritize access in schools to fresh produce and exercise.
The survey was commissioned by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and released last week at the Foundation’s 10th annual Food & Community Networking Meeting, held this year in Chandler, AZ.Food & Community is the premier gathering of the good food movement, drawing 650 activists, reformers, researchers and public health officials to explore topics such as farm-to-school projects and eradicating “food deserts.” The survey was conducted in April among 801 adults from all regions of the country.