From Harford Students Count on Us:
Many Harford County Public Schools Students have less than 20 minutes to eat their lunch. Students should have no less than 30 minutes to allow them adequate time to eat and socialize. Lunch periods of less than 30 minutes promote poor eating habits and may lead to obesity. For many public school students lunch is the most substantial and nutritious meal they have each day.
“Children who have a 30-minute lunch period consume significantly more food and nutrients than those who have a 20-minute lunch period. Scheduling a longer lunch period may allow children adequate time to consume their entire meal and, thus, provide them with the nutrients needed to effectively learn. Children who have a 30-minute lunch period waste less food than those who have a 20-minute lunch period. By providing a longer lunch period, schools may waste less food.”
There is a strong correlation between nutrition & school success. Tell Harford County Public Schools to provide all students at least 30 minutes for lunch.