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BY DI READERS | JULY 18, 2013 5:00 AM

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Re: Iowans thinks schools are underfeeding their children

You will never change most children’s attitude toward food that is not common at home or in their socio-cultural baggage. If mom doesn’t serve it and eat it, neither will most kids. The president can issue directives “until the cows come home,” and it will have little or no effect if it requires a subculture change in attitude. Here in the far north, more than 50 percent of our K through eighth-grade students are on free lunch, and we have little luck getting almost anyone to eat raw veggies or some fruits. It cuts across racial, ethnic, educational, and economic classes; the amount in the trash increases with every new mandate. Parents must become involved if this is ever going to work.

William Vinall


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