School Program Facts

Links and resources cited in our fact sheet


Public schools budget about $3 per student per lunch:

Public school spending:

USDA’s commodity program:

Heavily processed foods:

Non-white community food deserts:

Processed foods have lower nutritional value:

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report:

Schools can be cited for placing water on the lunch line:

Serving cow’s milk equivalents:

Consumption of flavored milk:

Chocolate milk contains 4–6 teaspoons of sugar:

Consuming dairy products has no consistent bone health benefit:

Cow’s milk may increase the risk of fractures:

Connection between cow’s milk protein and chronic constipation in children:

Removing fluid milk from the diet resolved more than two-thirds of cases:

How race influences school funding:

Plant-based kids grow taller:

Plant-based kids are healthier:

Adult vegetarians tend to have lower rates of cancer:

Vegetarians’ cancer rates to be 25-50% below average:

Vegetarians are also less likely to die from heart disease than meat eaters:

U.S. Dietary Guidelines 2015-2020 recommend reduced meat consumption:

Meat-heavy diets are implicated in rapid diet-related disease growth:

Livestock’s impact on climate:

Beef generates 20 times more greenhouse gas emissions than beans:

We cannot reach goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 without reducing global meat consumption:

Today, more than a third of crops go to feeding livestock:

1 out of 9 people on Earth do not have enough food to lead a healthy life:

17% of the world’s freshwater is used for livestock production:

It takes 4,068 gallons of water to produce 2 pounds of beef: