Leo Batali & Sanaj Naval's Proposal on the National School Lunch Program (NSLP)


Reference to a current Michigan bill or law that relates in some way to your proposal:

Why this proposal will make a difference in the lives of students of all ages across Michigan, or a significant subgroup (by age, background, economic status, and/or region, etc.) of students in Michigan:

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Our Podcast: Issues with the National School Lunch Program


Talk directly with at least 3 real live people who have special knowledge about this topic or the impact your proposal would have, and summarize their comments. These may include people appearing in your media artifact (video, podcast, etc.).






Describe the specific issue or problem, being sure to provide sufficient context so that someone less familiar with the issue has a sense of the bigger picture, but know that your focus here is on a more detailed spelling out of the specific problem or issue that you’ve identified. (250 words minimum)

All across the United States there are many young children who are not nourished enough like the rest. This problem of child hunger has existed for a long time, however, only in the last 50 years has it come to the forefront of our attention with the National School Lunch Program being put into place. This program is funded by our tax dollars and strives to provide food for many young students at low costs or for free. The problem with it though is that, due to poor regulations and lack of funding, students are not receiving the nutrition they need through this program. A shocking and relevant statistic noted that only 16.3% of students who eat school meals regularly eat fruits and vegetables regularly, which is definitely not good. The program as a whole costs the government around $13.3 billion annually, but students do not get what they truly need out of it. It accomplishes the task of feeding approximately 32 million students in the U.S. but does not provide the proper nutrition to these students. In Michigan specifically, there are many statistics that prove that children here suffer from obesity or other weight problems due to low food standards that exist as a result of what they are receiving for meals at schools. These students are forming poor eating habits because of this, and this can negatively impact future generations. Furthermore, due to the fact that the agricultural department does not monitor the spending on processing food, the money is poorly spent. This is exemplified by the fact that the Michigan Department of Education gets free raw chicken valued around $11.40 per case, but it spends $33.45 per case after processing it into chicken nuggets. This money needs to be monitored and used more efficiently to make the most of the National School Lunch Program, and to better nourish the students who will make our future.

Potential Solutions:

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Reaction or advice from a Topic Coordinator:

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Preambulatory clauses

These set up the PROBLEM, but not the solution.




(Add more "Whereas" clauses if necessary.)

Operative clauses

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(Add more "Resolved" clauses if necessary.)


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