More Than Half of All School Districts Sell Fast Food to Kids
In 1981, as part of the National School Lunch Act, President Ronald Reagan cut $1.46 billion out of the child nutrition budget. As a result, the government turned to the food industry for a cheap, simple alternative to prepping their own food from scratch.
In 2006, 80 percent of all high schools operated under exclusive contracts with soda companies. By 2012, more than half of all US school districts served fast food, including sugar-sweetened soft drinks.