The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) turns to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to ensure that nutrition standards are in line with the latest science.

2008 — USDA asks IOM to recommend new school meals rules based on the U.S. Dietary Guidelines.

2009 — The final IOM report was issued in October 2009.

2010 — As part of The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, Congress directs USDA to expedite a rule-making process to overhaul school meal standards using IOM’s recommendations.

2011 — USDA issues proposed new rules for public comment in January 2011. FRAC participates in the rule-making process by issuing comments and encouraging stakeholders to provide their feedback. More than 140,000 comments were received from a broad range of individuals and organizations.

2012–2013 — New nutrition standards take effect for school lunch.

2013–2014 — New nutrition standards take effect for school breakfast.

2014–2015 — The new nutrition standards for competitive foods take effect.