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.
MomsRising has gathered stories from women across North Carolina who are worried about how to afford their family’s next meal. Many of the moms featured in our storybook are MomsRising anti-hunger advocacy fellows; this fellowship was made possible with support from the Center for Science in the Public Interest.
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.