“purchased services” which included food, transportation, and janitorial services (The Condition of Education). This calculates to $1,234.42 per student available to provide food and transportation for the entire school year. In a study that compared the mean cost of food per item schools that met the three-vegetable standard plus the standards for fruit and lowfat milk were 12 cents higher per item (Newman 26). This may not seem substantial but if a student on average has five food items this would equate to 60 cents extra for each student daily. While there are obvious advantages to providing a healthy school lunch the amount of extra money required can make it a difficult plan to execute. The behavioral and academic benefits are essential in a child’s growth and must be thoroughly reviewed when weighing the pros and cons. At the same time the costs associated with providing a healthier school lunch takes away from other programs that can also benefit a child’s education. In the end there must
exist a healthy marriage between the two, there are far too many advantages to ignore and the costs must be kept to a minimum.