School meals are a key source of nutrition for many kids. Before the pandemic, school meals programs served nearly 30 million kids every year. Thanks to the nutrition standards of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, school meals are healthier than ever, but more work is needed to ensure every child has access to healthy food at school. 

What's happening now

Every five years, Congress reauthorizes the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP) through legislation known as Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR).

About CNR

How CSPI protects progress on school meals

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 improved the healthfulness of school food. But more action is needed to ensure all kids have access to healthy meals at school.

Success stories

Read up on the school food programs putting updated nutrition guidance into practice.

President Obama signing the Healthy, Hunger-free Kids Act of 2010

The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act

In 2010, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) made significant improvements to school foods and other child nutrition programs. The HHFKA established national nutrition standards for all food sold in schools, strengthened local wellness policies, improved the nutritional quality of school meals, strengthened accountability of school meals, and improved meal financing to support healthy school meals.

Fact sheet

Our team


Research, model policies, and fact sheets for parents and advocates.