Concerning the editorial from the Walla Walla Union Bulletin reprinted in the July 4 Herald, "Uncle Sam shouldn't be nation's food nanny, even for children."
The school lunch program is funded in part by the federal government. Some of the food is surplus farm products, acquired when the government buys products to maintain farm prices. The government should be instrumental in seeing that the food is used to provide healthy, well-balanced meals. That some children find healthy meals unappealing is a reflection on what they eat at home. Schools are educational institutions, and part of what students learn can be healthy eating habits.
I volunteer at Hawthorne Elementary School in Kennewick. I see what the children have on their trays. They have a choice of either of two entrees and sides of items from a salad bar. Some of the children have lots of fruit pieces, others have lots of baby carrots. They have choice and they are healthy choices.
I have been cooking family meals for 70 years and I disagree with the editorial's statement, "The healthier foods are expensive." That statement is patently false.
MILDRED WALTON, Richland