"In other words, children will be able to buy only foods that their parents would find generally acceptable,' says Jessica Donze Black, director of the Kids' Safe and Healthful Foods Project, a non-profit, nonpartisan group helping to improve school foods for our kids. If your school participates in the National School Lunch Program (most public schools in the country do), they must adhere to these new snack regulations by the start of the 2014 school year.More info
"New rules proposed for school vending-machine fare and a la carte items sold in the lunch line could mean the end of some of the chips, cookies, and sugary drinks now available in schools—sometimes in direct competition with school meals, which already must meet rigorous nutrition standards.
The USDA proposal, authorized by the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, will require changes everywhere, said Jessica Donze Black, the director of the Kids' Safe and Healthful Foods Project at the Pew Charitable Trusts, in Washington.
Although Congress authorized the changes, they smack of federal overreach, said Noelle Ellerson, the assistant director of policy analysis and advocacy for the American Association of School Administrators, in Alexandria, Va.
'The big thing here is, you're putting regulations where there's really no resources,' she said, questioning how districts that don't comply would be forced to do so. The USDA said it is developing additional proposals addressing that."
"Three area produce growers have made a solid connection with Siouxland school lunch programs in Hinton, Dakota Valley, and Sioux City Bishop Heelan. The result is a three-way-win, with students getting fresher produce, the local farmers getting access to an important segment of the food service market, and the area economy developing stronger local ties."More info
"These days, it’s easy to blame the federal government for aggravating our lives."More info
As school food authorities work to implement the USDA's new meal standards, they may face challenges, including limitations in existing kitchen equipment and infrastructure, and in the training and skills of food service staff. This is the first of a series of reports summarizing how schools are putting in place the USDA standards and what challenges they face before they can reach full implementation.More info
Institutional and individual consumers have the power to change industrial farming practices that endanger human health. Routinely feeding antibiotics to livestock that are not sick is undermining the effectiveness of life-saving drugs, which leaves children especially vulnerable. That’s why, from inner city Chicago to the suburbs of Denver, schools are buying more food from producers who raise animals without misusing antibiotics.More info
"Menomonie school district students will be getting more fruits and vegetables with their lunches this year."More info