A problem we face today

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National School Lunch ProgramThe problem is that some students from low-income families sometimes go hungry. Children are affected because if they have not eaten a well balanced breakfast, they will not be able to concentrate in class.

The National School Lunch Program is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day.

Income Eligibility Guidelines are used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program. The guidelines are used for the benefit the children that are most in need.

When so many children are going hungry, I think that it is wrong for school cafeterias to throw food away. I see food being thrown in the trash on a daily basis. On the other hand, if students do not have enough money to pay for their breakfast or lunch they are provided with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

If the food is going to be thrown away, why can’t students that want to eat the food eat it before it is thrown in the trash. Students throw unopened cartons of milk and juice in the trash, they are not able to give it to another student that would drink the milk or juice.

I realize that sanitation is also a problem, but the students would not be eating or drinking after someone else. When some many children in the United States and other countries are going to bed hungry, it is a sin to throw food away that someone could eat. We live in a land of plenty but we are steady going downhill.

There are guidelines to follow to be eligible to receive free or reduced lunches.

The federal government states...