Click Here for a story about LAUSD’s perseverance as they walk the tightrope to provide nutritious meals that students will eat. School food reform is a long-term – very long-term – process, but the health, social, and economic benefits are well worth the effort and patience. Did you know that over 20% of American healthcare spending is now attributed to obesity-related illnesses? The cost was $190 BILLION in 2012. The cost of ALL school meals in 2012 was $16 billion, or about $500 per student.