Strong majority support opting out of federal lunch program – 283 citizens

Oct 25, 2015

Earlier this year, Londonderry High School became one of the first schools in NH to withdraw from the federal school lunch program. On October 25, the Live Free or Die Alliance (LFDA) decided to put the issue to Facebook members, asking, “Would you support your child’s school opting out of the federal lunch program?” 

“Would you support your child’s school opting out of the federal lunch program?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Federal School Lunches New Hampshire Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 283 participants gave 471 responses

A total of 88% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 12% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 283 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 471 responses or reactions to this question. Click here for details on our methodology.

What Participants Said:

Yes: A majority, at 90% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, would support their school opting out of the federal school lunch program. 

  • “The federal government should not be dictating what anyone eats or how local schools manage their cafeterias.”
  • “You can't dictate a standard meal for all areas of the country. Let locals decide what the kids will eat vs. throwing it away.”
  • "If students are throwing the well balanced healthy meal away, they aren't eating it! It's better to give them choices they will eat!"

No: The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 10%, would be against their school opting out of the federal school lunch program.  

  • “This program feeds children that otherwise would have nothing to eat. It's a no brainer”
  • “Some kids only get food at school.”
  • I guess I don't see how the money saved by not giving them fruit and vegetables would be used for another ‘healthy’ food.

Other: As noted above, 12% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:  

  • Parental responsibility: "Don't blame the school, blame the parents if their kids don't know how to eat healthy."
  • Context: "It’s who’s running the program that makes the difference."

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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