Deseret News
Letter to the Editor

After moving to Washington County in 2002, I participated in the free or reduced school lunch program and was impressed with the selection of meals. I didn't always enjoy eating the meal I received, but I did eat and was thankful for the nutritional benefits I received. That is why I think K-12 students in Washington County should continue receiving reduced-priced meals for school lunches. The cost has already been accounted for, parents are responsible to provide for the nutrition for their children and current options offer students to select what they prefer.

The National School Lunch program was signed into law by President Harry Truman in 1946, and since then it has grown from 7.1 million children to 30.4 million in 2016.

In preparing our children for the future by providing an education, we are also preparing our children for a healthy future by giving them the chance to receive the nutrition they need. Investing in our children, we can give them the chance to have meals at school. The cost has been accounted for, parents are showing responsibility for their children and children's preferences are noted. We are investing in our future by investing in our children.

Brandon Nelson

St. George