- Healthier School Meals – A Summary of the New USDA Standards for School Breakfast and Lunch (pdf)
- How Improving Federal Nutrition Program Access and Quality Work Together to Reduce Hunger and Promote Healthy Eating (pdf)
- Information on Improving Milk and Water Requirements in Schools
- Visit FRAC’s Publications page and Webinar Archive for More Information
USDA Resources on School Nutrition and Wellness
All meals provided through the School Breakfast and National School Lunch Program must be consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (passed in 2010) included several provisions aimed at improving the quality of school lunch and breakfast for children across the country. One key provision called for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to issue new school meal nutrition standards that are consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
In January 2012, USDA issued the new standards which:
These new standards marked the most comprehensive changes to the school nutrition environment in more than a generation. The last update to school meals standards was over 15 years ago.