Ensuring Schools Serve Safe and Healthy Foods
The time is ripe to improve school meals. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 required the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to update nutrition standards and ensure the safety of foods served in schools. It also provided an additional six cents per meal to schools that meet the new standards. This modest but important sum represents the first time in more than 30 years that Congress has significantly increased funding for school meals.
The Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project has a simple goal—to improve the safety and nutritional value of the foods kids eat at school. To achieve this end, the project provides nonpartisan analysis and evidence-based recommendations to help ensure that:
- USDA adopts and schools implement science-based nutrition standards for all foods and beverages sold on campus
- Schools have the resources they need to train food and nutrition staff and replace outdated and broken kitchen equipment
- USDA develops and implements rigorous school food safety policies and practices.
These three changes will allow schools to offer safer, healthier foods that our nation’s children need to grow, learn and succeed.