The National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program affect the nutrition of millions of children across America by providing low cost or free lunches during school time. You might be surprised to know that in 2007, these national programs provided lunch to more than 30.5 million children and breakfast to 10.1 million children.
There has been a lot of discussion, debate and controversy over the nutrition of those meals. The school meals currently are required to meet the guidelines set in 1995. That is almost 15 years old!
The Institute of Medicine convened a committee to provide recommendations to revise standards and requirements so that school meals are more healthful.
In its 2009 report School Meals: Building Blocks for Healthy Children, the committee made the following recommendations to the USDA which included:
This is so important because you can see how many kids rely on these meals as one or two of the main meals for the day.
Click here to read the full school nutrition report.
What do you think about school nutrition and the new study? Share your opinion by leaving a comment about school nutrition policy and your ideas for healthier school food for kids!
If you make your own lunches at home, here are some resources from our website to help you pack a healthy lunch for school:
Helping your child to choose healthier cafeteria foods
Healthy lunch box notes for kids! Fun printable eating healthy reminders!