The Free Press, Mankato, MN

July 23, 2013

Food program should offer more fresh options

---- — I was excited to find out the schools would be providing breakfasts and lunches to children under age 18 with a federally funded food program. The three children I babysit have been taking advantage of the program and it has saved me money.

The problem stems from what the children are eating. We wonder and question why Americans are obese. Breakfasts are sweetened cereal, canned fruit, fruit punch. Lunches of chicken nuggets, pizza, corn dogs, grilled cheese sandwiches, always offered with canned fruit, occasionally with fresh apples. Carrots are the only fresh food offered along with tossed salad meaning head lettuce.

We must do better. Summer in Minnesota should serve all kinds of fresh fruits and vegetables. My kids aren't doing so well physically because they eat too much processed government subsidized food.

I better feed them at home to keep them healthy.

We are what we eat.

Maria LarsonMankato