School Food

Snack Foods in Secondary Schools

Snack Foods in Secondary Schools

Unhealthy snack foods in schools could be more than a bite-sized issue.
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Today, more than 23 million children and adolescents in the United States—nearly one in three young people—are obese or overweight. This increasing public health risk is caused, in part, by the poor nutritional quality of food served in schools across the nation.

School Food News & Resources

Pew Commends Senators Collins and Heitkamp for Supporting Healthy School Foods

Other Resource Apr 2, 2014 Kids' Safe and Healthful Foods Project
Jessica Donze Black, an expert with The Pew Charitable Trust’s initiative on child nutrition, issued the following statement on the School Food Modernization Act. More

States Need Updated School Kitchen Equipment

Other Resource Mar 26, 2014 Kids' Safe and Healthful Foods Project
Eighty-six percent of schools in the United States are serving healthy lunches, but many could do so more effectively with updated equipment and infrastructure. Without the right tools, districts rely on workarounds that are expensive, inefficient, and unsustainable. Investing in kitchens and cafeterias could help schools better serve the nutritious foods and beverages that students need. More

National Nutrition Month Facts

Other Resource Mar 6, 2014 Kids' Safe and Healthful Foods Project

March is National Nutrition Month, a time to focus new energy on giving kids healthy food options throughout the school day. Students consume up to half of their daily calories in school, so access to wholesome meals and snacks is important to their overall health. In fact, research shows that students living in states with strong nutrition laws gain less weight than those in states without such policies.


Civil Eats: State of the Tray: Will Recent Improvements in School Food be Rolled Back?

Media Coverage Feb 18, 2014 Kids' Safe and Healthful Foods Project

Jessica Donze Black, director for the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project, calls the modification change a “pragmatic and scientifically sound decision,” and San Francisco-based school food reformer Dana Woldow agrees: “[The calorie caps] will automatically limit the amount of potentially fatty protein and grains going into the meals. I think the days of seeing giant cheeseburgers the size of your head in school cafeterias may be over.”


NEAToday: Aging School Kitchens Undermine Healthy Meal Preparation

Media Coverage Jan 29, 2014 Kids' Safe and Healthful Foods Project

It was food delivery day at Glen Landing Middle School in Blackwood, New Jersey, and the 42-year-old walk-in freezer went kaput. Again.


Serving Healthier Meals: California Schools Need Updated Kitchen Equipment

Other Resource Jan 6, 2014 Kids' Safe and Healthful Foods Project
The majority of public schools in California are serving meals that meet updated, healthier nutrition standards. To do so, half of the state’s districts are cooking more meals from scratch. Scratch cooking can be challenging for schools—particularly those in older buildings—without the right kitchen tools for efficient preparation of healthy foods. More

Serving Healthy School Meals: Kitchen Equipment

This is the second in a series of reports that summarizes how schools are putting in place updated U.S. Department of Agriculture, or USDA, meal standards and the challenges they must overcome to reach full implementation.


Yahoo!: The Controversial School Lunch Policy I Fully Support

Media Coverage Dec 5, 2013 Kids' Safe and Healthful Foods Project

"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.


Letter of Thanks to the Department of Agriculture

Other Resource Nov 27, 2013 Kids' Safe and Healthful Foods Project
The Pew Charitable Trusts offers thanks to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for their commitment to ensuring that all students have access to safe and healthy foods through the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. More

The Next Generation of Cooks Are Making Healthy Food for Their Families and Their Schools

This Thanksgiving, students are thankful for healthy meals at home and in school. Meet Leon Sanchez, a student chef cooking up positive change. More

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