Senator Richard G Lugar

Since the recession began in late 2007, the use of federal free and reduced-price school lunches has increased by 13.7 percent. Twenty-one million children — roughly two-thirds of the students eating school lunches — benefit from the program.

For many of these children, school lunches represent the bulk of the nutrition they receive during the day, and it is imperative that there are no gaps in providing these meals.


Nearly one-third of our children are either overweight or obese, which is telling evidence of greater social problems. Indeed, it’s become a national security issue — 27 percent of 17- to 24-year-olds weigh too much to enlist in the military, according to a recent study by a group of retired generals and admirals. This cannot continue.

So you\’re going to stop feeding them so much then?

Of course not, don\’t be silly. He wants to expand the program, not contract it.

3 thoughts on “Senator Richard G Lugar”

  1. Yeah, but are the 1/3rd that’re ‘obese’ (and I wonder at the definition) the ones taking the free meals? I suspect not, in general.

    Then, US systems, my mind boggles at them in general and in principle.

  2. Brian, follower of Deornoth

    “two-thirds of the students eating school lunches — benefit from the program.”

    No. Two thirds of the students eat the free lunches. That isn’t the same as benefiting from the program.

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