A proposed rule announced today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture would continue the historic progress of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act by, for the first time, limiting added sugars in school meals. School meal nutrition standards are based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which recommends limiting added sugars intake to less than 10 percent of calories per day. School meals will be required to meet this limit by the 2027-2028 school year.
Behind the Carton examines the nutritional quality of milk products sold to schools by some of the largest U.S. dairy companies. The report analyzes unflavored and flavored milk products to determine whether they meet evidence-based school meal nutrition standards for sodium, added sugars, low-calorie sweeteners, and synthetic dyes.
This week, we celebrate the 60th annual National School Lunch Week. The National School Lunch Program feeds tens of millions of school children annually and is arguably the most recognizable federal feeding program.
At Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), a team of registered dietitians, chefs, manufacturers, and stakeholders (including students) are all key decisionmakers in developing innovative, healthy menus.
While Congress is poised to avert a government shutdown today by passing a short-term funding bill through December, it will fail to include a pathway to free healthy school meals for all students, a key priority of the Biden administration’s recently unveiled National Strategy on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health.