47 J.L. & Educ. 177 (2018)
Renewing the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act and Strengthening the Farm to School Program

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Renewing the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act

and Strengthening the Farm to School

Program


                        I. INTRODUCTION

   During  the  Great  Depression  in  the  1930s, American   farmers
experienced  vast surpluses of agricultural goods due to skyrocketing
unemployment rates.'   Despite  these surpluses, American  consumers
struggled to  afford food  and  malnutrition became   an  increasingly
serious issue. This concern was particularly serious for children as they
required proper nutrition to develop in a healthy manner.2 The federal
government  attempted to remedy  these two prevailing issues and passed
legislation to provide funding to schools  to allow them  to purchase
surplus agriculture from farmers desperate for markets.3 The  program
was  so successful, President Truman signed the National School Lunch
Act in 1946 to continue and strengthen the program.'
   Now,  the National School Lunch Program  (NSLP)  reaches more  than
30  million children every day.' Though  the  aim of the program  has
remained  the same (providing schoolchildren with affordable, nutritious
lunches), the manner in which food is grown, processed, and served has
changed  drastically since the inception of the NSLP. Family farms, once
a staple of the American agricultural economy, are nearly extinct now.
Large industrial-style operations that can operate with less expense and



   1. Robert Frank and Ben Bernanke, Principles of Macroeconomics (3rd ed.). Boston:
McGraw-Hill/Irwin. p. 98. (2007).
   2. Gordon W. Gunderson, Early Federal Aid National School Lunch Program, available
at https://fns-prod.azureedge.net/sites/default/files/NSLP-Program%20History.pdf.
   3. Douglas R. Hurt, Problems of Plenty: The American Farmer in the Twentieth Century,
available at http://ir.uiowa.edu/cgilviewcontent.cgi?article=10781&context=annals-of-iowa (2002).
   4. Gordon W. Gunderson, Early Federal Aid National School Lunch Program, available
at https://www.fns.usda.gov/nslp/history_4.
   5. USDA   Fact Sheet, Farm  to School Program, available at https://fns-
prod.azureedge.net/sites/default/files/f2s/ResearchShows.pdf (2016).


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