Rep. Dusty Johnson has lunch with students

BOX ELDER, S.D. — It is National School Lunch Week and Representative Dusty Johnson spent it eating lunch with students. His first stop was Francis Case Elementary School, in Box Elder.

Chicken nuggets, green beans, fruit, and milk were on the menu on Tuesday.

“I asked the kids how they rated it, the kids around me. They gave it a seven, and an eight, and two nines, so I think it went over pretty well,” says Rep. Johnson.

According to the National School Lunch Program, around 5 billion lunches are served to students each year. Only about 20% of those meals are funded by the government, and the remaining funds come from outside sources.

For some students, school lunch is the only balanced and nutritious meal they will have each day.

Which is part of the reason why Rep. Johnson serves on a subcommittee, focused on Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations.

He says, “One of the biggest fights in Washington that we have in this nutrition space, is how much flexibility to give to the local school districts. I’ve talked to people here, everyday trying to figure out how to put good food in front of these kids.”

The principal at Francis Case says Rep. Johnson reached out to them, showing interest in what school lunch looks like in local districts.

The principal, Jeannie Clark says, “So we do talk to them in school about eating school lunch and eating healthy because it helps their brains work and it helps their brains function. So having someone like Dusty who cares about that and wants to be a part of that is super exciting.”

The representative also went to Hill City,  followed by visits to Vermillion and Huron.

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