Students in New Jersey protest smaller lunches

Smaller lunches part of anti-obesity campaign

PARSIPANNY, N.J. - As part of the effort to fight childhood obesity, many schools are making their lunches smaller.

But students at one New Jersey school are not backing the change.

Parsippany Hills High School students held a cafeteria boycott Friday and plan on holding another one Monday over the smaller and pricier portions.

The downsized lunches were implemented at the school to meet new federal guidelines related to the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, which passed in 2010. The program is designed to improve the health of children who buy school lunches every day.

Many of the students argued that the smaller lunches leave them feeling hungry. Others complained that the size of the new lunches do not match the price.

Officials said it costs schools more money to serve the fruits and vegetables. Read more on WABC-TV.

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