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Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act
Improving child nutrition is the focal point of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA). The legislation authorizes funding and sets policy for the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, the Summer Food Service Program and the Child and Adult Care Food Program. HHKFA upgrades the nutritional standards for school meals, increases the federal reimbursement rate for school lunches by six cents, increases access to school meals, provides more meals for at-risk children, and works toward improving the quality of foods supplied to schools.
Local School Wellness Policies
In 2010, Congress passed the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act and added new provisions for local wellness policies related to implementation, evaluation, and publicly reporting on progress of local wellness policies. All schools participating in the school meal programs must develop and implement a local school wellness policy. School wellness policies are an important tool to address obesity and promote healthy eating and physical activity through changes in school environments.
For Wellness Policy Resources see
- FRAC Resources http://frac.org/federal-foodnutrition-programs/school-breakfast-and-lunch/local-school-wellness-policies/
- USDA Team Nutrition Resources http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/Healthy/wellnesspolicy.html
- Action for Healthy Kids Wellness Policy Tool http://www.actionforhealthykids.org/for-schools/wellness-policy-tool/
- School Nutrition Association’s Wellness Policy Resources http://www.schoolnutrition.org/Content.aspx?id=2168
- CDC Healthy Youth! Local Wellness Policy Tools and Resources http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/npao/wellness.htm
Milk, cheese and yogurt contribute important nutrients to the school meal programs. In fact, milk is the number one food source of calcium, vitamin D and potassium in children’s diets. National Dairy Council offers resources, such as sample menus and analysis that meet nutrition guidelines, to support School Nutrition Professionals in efforts to provide healthy meals to students. These sample menus utilized USDA Recipes or products currently in the marketplace and feature Offer verses Serve options overall (not with each food station).