Ah, school lunch. For many of us, this brings back memories of hairnetted ladies looming over trays of mystery meat. There have been sweeping changes lately in the way meals are served at schools, but has it been enough? Take our quiz to find out.
About 30.5 million kids got their meals through the NSLP in 2007. More than 101,000 schools and child-care organizations participate in the program.
The NSLP has a $9 billion budget, which critics say is just not enough -- so the schools have to buy the cheapest food available, which is usually not the most nutritious.
Thirty percent of high schools offer some kind of national-brand fast food.
The study, by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, found that 85 percent of snacks sold in schools are not so hot, nutritionally speaking.
The study found that, contrary to popular belief, kids buy just as much lunch when the food is healthy. It also found that healthy lunches don't have to cost more to produce.
Better School Food says that 10,943 schools in 33 states are involved in farm-to-school programs. They connect local farmers with schools -- for the food and also for nutrition education.
Waters, who is on a crusade for better school lunches, advocates school gardens -- and massively increasing the National School Lunch Program's budget.
The SLI has reworked the lunch program in the Berkeley Unified School District, but -- at least to our knowledge -- it has not (yet) eliminated vending machines.
Most experts say that kids should get at least three servings of whole grains every day.
Most kids get only one serving of whole grains a day -- and studies have shown that this could be partially caused by confusion in school food services about exactly what whole grains are.