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.
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.
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.