"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
Parents who support national nutrition standards for snack and a la carte foods in schools.
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Recently, the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued new “Smart Snacks in School” nutrition standards to help ensure that students are provided with school snack foods and beverages that contain less sodium, sugar, and fat.
Once the standards go into effect, healthful options will replace high-calorie snacks sold in vending machines, school stores, a la carte lines, and snack bars.
Many schools have begun to implement new food policies and provide a fresh take on nutritious meals.
Read "School Food Success Stories" to find out how state legislators, parents, and teachers worked together to put fruit and vegetable dishes at the head of the class.
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"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