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School lunch as access point for urban (and all other) kids

Due to the cost and limited availability of healthy food options in the inner city, children often grow up eating processed foods. Targeting the large market of school lunches may provide a way for bringing rural produce to kids in urban areas.

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It is well known that residents in the inner city face great impediments in their access to healthy food options: few and far grocery stores or markets, poor quality of food, and high cost (see http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all~content=a903787527 for one New York City example). Children in these communities often grow up eating more processed goods than farm-grown foods. Attempts to bring the farm into the city have some success, but are often difficult to sustain. One solution could be to target the large market of school lunches. By arranging deals between rural farms and the brokers of inner-city school lunches, could we introduce inner-city children to food that is both healthy and eco-friendly?


Photo credit: http://www.leecountytimes.com/good-eats-this-week-for-school-lunches/

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