Going Green


School meals have a significant impact on the nutritional lives of all children, especially those who rely on school meals for the nutrition they need to learn.

As part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) updated the nutrition requirements for reimbursable school meals and established nutrition standards for all other foods served outside the school meals program at any time during the school day.

The new meal requirements emphasize whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and low fat dairy products, with limits on sodium, saturated fat, trans fat, and calories.

As a result of these requirements,  students are eating more fruits and vegetables and many schools are seeing increases in participation.

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