HUBBARD, Ohio (WKBN) — Parents with students in the Hubbard School District want healthier lunches for their children.
Several parents showed up at the Hubbard Board of Education meeting on Monday to express their concern over the foods their kids are being fed at the schools. They would like the school district to offer students healthier alternatives, and more fruits and vegetables.
The parents said they’re willing to work with the school district to help get healthier foods on the menu.
“Even the alternative is a little bit troublesome. So especially now when we’re so aware of things like childhood obesity, Celiac disease, diabetes in youth. It’s something we really need to pay attention to,” said parent Kendel Christoff.
“My kids have not been eating lunches at school because it’s like they’re processed patties. They’re high in salt. They’re just all the way around unhealthy,” said parent Tamara Swan.
Just a couple years ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture began enforcing new guidelines for school lunches with the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act, in an effort to curb childhood obesity.
Some Youngstown and Austintown schools are now offering students healthier food options.