I have to ask, why isn’t the food fresh?

You may have heard that the nutrition standards for school meals were recently updated. But what does that mean for your child?

The National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs provide meals to millions of children each day, providing a big portion of many students’ daily calories. Ensuring that school meals are nutritious is important for kids’ health, as well as for academics; healthy kids learn better. Healthy eating also helps prevent diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and obesity.

Schools have been working hard over the past year to implement updated nutrition standards for school lunches. And it’s paying off. More than half of schools across the country are already meeting healthy school lunch standards.

As your kids head back to school, take a minute to find out if your school is among the many schools meeting strong nutrition standards for school lunch. If it is, be sure to congratulate your school’s food service staff and administration. If your school isn’t meeting the standards, find out what the barriers are, and help connect your school with resources and technical assistance that can help them get there.


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