DONATE
FOR PHYSICIANS
HEALTH AND NUTRITION
ETHICAL RESEARCH & EDUCATION
MEDIA CENTER
LEGISLATIVE FOCUS
CLINICAL RESEARCH
EDUCATIONAL LITERATURE
MEMBERSHIP
SHOP

Connect with Us

 

 

The Physicians Committee



NEWS RELEASE August 18, 2004

School Lunches Still Failing to Make the Grade, Say Doctors

San Diego, Detroit, Fairfax (VA) Score High in 2004 School Lunch Report Card; Las Vegas “Most Improved;” Albuquerque Public Schools Earn an “F”

WASHINGTON—With schools starting up all over the country, kids have one more thing besides pop quizzes and exams to worry about this fall: school lunches.

For the fourth year in a row, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) used its School Lunch Report Card to analyze the nutritional quality of elementary school lunches served in school districts participating in the USDA’s National School Lunch Program. The NSLP serves more than 28 million lunches a day at 100,000 schools and childcare institutions across the country.

While there are bright spots—Fairfax County (VA.), San Diego and Detroit scored respectable “Bs” and Las Vegas/Clark County schools jumped from an “F” last year to a “C+” this year—PCRM’s 2004 School Lunch Report Card finds that many schools are struggling to make the grade when it comes to serving healthy, low-fat lunches. Six of the 11 school districts rated this year eked out “Cs.” Maryland’s Baltimore County chalked up a “D.” Albuquerque’s schools failed outright with an “F.” Of 25 school districts approached, only 11 provided complete information. The lesson?

“To make ends meet, too many school lunch programs depend on commodity foods available through the NSLP,” says Jen Keller, R.D., PCRM’s nutrition projects coordinator. “These USDA surplus foods include too many high-fat, high-cholesterol meats, dairy products and processed foods, and not enough produce and healthy vegetarian entrées and side dishes. With one in five school age children considered overweight, we’ve got to get a lot more nutrient- and fiber-rich fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains on school menus, and a lot less pizza, tater tots, and french fries.”

Here are the results:

District

Location

Score

Grade

Fairfax County Public School District

Fairfax, VA

84.7

B

San Diego Unified School District

San Diego, CA

80.9

B-

Detroit City School District

Detroit, MI

80.4

B-

Austin Independent School District

Austin, TX

77.6

C+

Clark County School District

Las Vegas, NV

77.5

C+

New York City Public School District

New York

75.0

C

Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District

Charlotte, NC

75.0

C

Prince George’s County Public School District

Upper Marlboro, MD

71.7

C-

Montgomery County Public School District

Rockville, MD

70.4

C-

Baltimore County Public School District

Baltimore County, MD

65.6

D

Albuquerque Public School District

Albuquerque, NM

59.8

F

Founded in 1985, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is a nonprofit health organization that promotes preventive medicine, conducts clinical research, and encourages higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in research.



Media Contact:
Tara Failey
202-527-7319
tfailey@pcrm.org

Mail Options:
Subscribe to PCRM’s news release distribution list

Unsubscribe from PCRM’s news release distribution list


2014 Archive

2013 Archive

2012 Archive

2011 Archive

2010 Archive

2009 Archive

2008 Archive

2007 Archive

2006 Archive

2005 Archive

2004 Archive

2003 Archive

2002 Archive

2001 Archive

2000 Archive

 
This site does not provide medical or legal advice. This Web site is for informational purposes only.
Full Disclaimer | Privacy Policy

The Physicians Committee
5100 Wisconsin Ave., N.W., Ste.400, Washington DC, 20016
Phone: 202-686-2210     Email: pcrm@pcrm.org