We urge you to expand free school meals to combat the growing risk of malnutrition, obesity and other health conditions affecting children in low-income families.
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NHS professionals see the impact of hunger and poor nutrition every day following a recent doubling in food insecurity across the UK. Extending free school meals would help to address growing evidence of children going hungry and not getting the nutrients they need for proper growth and development.
Malnutrition can lead to many problems, including stunted growth, poor cognitive development, weakened immune systems and increased susceptibility to illness. In the long term, it can also contribute to chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
Obesity is another major concern that is closely linked to poor nutrition. Children who are obese are at greater risk of developing a range of health problems, including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, joint pains and sleep disorders.
We must do everything we can to protect children’s health and well-being. Expanding free school meals would be a vital step in achieving this. We urge you to give serious consideration to this proposal. Thank you for your time and review.
According to a new National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) report, 1 in 5 children in the United States lives in poverty. That’s more than 16 million kids. And we know that poverty can profoundly affect a child’s health and development.
One of the most effective ways to combat childhood poverty is through access to nutritious food. That’s why we’re calling on you to expand free school meals to all needy children.
Research has shown that proper nutrition is essential for children’s optimal physical and cognitive development. Unfortunately, many kids from low-income families don’t have enough to eat, putting them at risk for various problems, including malnutrition, obesity, and other chronic health conditions.
Extending free school meals to all children in need would help to ensure that every child has access to the nutritious food they need to grow and thrive. It would also go a long way in combatting childhood obesity, a growing problem in the United States.
In your opinion, how should the government go about expanding free school meals?