Working to make the school day healthier. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 required the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to make significant nutrition improvements in school meals as well as to improve the overall quality of the food sold at school. Specifically, USDA was mandated to update nutrition standards for school lunch, breakfast, and competitive foods (such as snacks and beverages).
Organizations like Full Plates Full Potential, 5210 Let’s Go!, The Maine School Nutrition Association have advocated for improvements and look for opportunities to work with local schools then worked with USDA during the rule-making process by providing input on the changes.
These high nutrition standards for school meals and competitive foods have the potential to increase school meal participation. There is a growing body of evidence and local success stories that demonstrate that improving school meal quality and the overall school food environment improves school meal participation.
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