Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act
In 2010, the USDA put new standards in place for all school meals. These standards allow for more fresh fruits and vegetables daily, lower fat milk options, trans-fat free foods, and more whole-grain offerings. In 2014, a sodium limit was added to the meal standards.
Our school nutrition staff has found great ways to get students excited about healthy food choices and we will continue to work on creative solutions to ensure healthy foods appeal to students.
We hope parents will support this effort by encouraging their students to try healthier meals. Students are far more likely to pick up a fruit or vegetable in the lunch line if they have been introduced to those foods at home.
Starting in School Year 2014-15, the USDA began the Smart Snack in School regulation. The Smart Snack Standard assures that all foods sold ala carte, in school stores, vending machines, or given as “rewards” will meet nutritional standards. Smart Snacks are very important, as more than a quarter of kids’ daily calories may come from snacks.