School lunchtime is too short in Washington, auditor says

Aug 29, 2019 by

Students at most schools in Washington have less than the recommended 20-minutes to eat lunch, a state audit report found.

A state report released Wednesday revealed most schools across Washington did not provide students the recommended minimum lunchtime of 20 minutes, resulting in students having less time to eat and choose better foods.

The state and federal government spent nearly $240 million on childhood nutrition programs in 2017 and 2018, but the Washington State Auditor’s Office said giving students more time is key.

Only one of the 31 schools observed from November to February by state auditors provided the necessary 20 minutes for students, the state concluded.

The schools observed included five in Pierce County: Carson Elementary, Columbia Crest Academy, Graham-Kapowsin High, Purdy Elementary and Thompson Elementary.

Source: School lunchtime is too short in Washington, auditor says | The Olympian

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