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An Overview of USDA Emergency Feeding Procedures (Part 1 of 2)

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: September 10, 2018

 One of the missions of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is to increase food security and reduce hunger among those Americans in need of nutritious...

School Food Authorities’ Role in Emergency Feeding Procedures (Part 2 of 2)

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: September 10, 2018

(The first part of the article can be found here.)In the face of a disaster that requires an emergency feeding operation, schools play an important role in...

Part Two: Procurement Regulations Surrounding Local Meat, Poultry, Eggs, and Dairy Products for Your Cafeteria

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: December 14, 2017

This is the second part of our two-part series about purveying local foods for your school.  Here is the link to Part One: Food Safety Considerations when...

Key Changes to the Child and Adult Care Food Program Meal Patterns

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: November 17, 2017

On April 25, 2016, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) published the final rule related to meal pattern revisions for the...

Overview of the Laws Governing Child Nutrition Programs

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: September 18, 2017

Federal child nutrition programs provide nutritious foods to children across the nation. While this may seem like a simple task, complex laws, policies and...

Nutrition Program Spotlight: Wholesome Waves’ Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 15, 2017

Wholesome Wave is a non-profit organization with a vision of making local and healthy foods affordable and accessible to all, and is particularly focused on...

How School Lunches Can Benefit Your Child

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 15, 2017

USDA and National School Lunch Program (NSLP) lunches are carefully designed to meet the specific nutritional needs of students9.  By limiting salt, fat, and...

2015 Dietary Guidelines and What they Mean for Schools

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans provide science-based recommendations that are used in the development of federal nutrition policies and programs,...

Show Me the Research! 10 Studies on the Importance of The National School Lunch Program

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

Since childhood obesity has tripled over the past thirty years, critics of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) have suggested that the program...

More or Less Plate Waste with Updated School Nutrition Policies?

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

Despite some negative press surrounding the new nutrition standards in school meal programs, many schools have seen a positive impact on plate waste and...

How to Prepare for a Successful Administrative Review

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: December 23, 2016

The Administrative Review is a comprehensive evaluation of school meals programs in school food authorities (SFAs) participating in the National School Lunch...

What is the National School Breakfast Program and How Does It Work?

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: December 23, 2016

 A hungry student may be one who can’t concentrate well enough to learn. Consider the National School Breakfast Program (NSBP) to address concerns about...

The Special Milk Program: An Introduction

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: December 23, 2016

BackgroundThe Special Milk Program (SMP) was established in 1955 to increase the milk consumption by children in schools and childcare institutions that do...

Benefits of School Lunch for Your Kids

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: April 22, 2016

The Food and Nutrition Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) administers several child nutrition programs.  One of the most...

An Introduction to: Team Nutrition

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: April 22, 2016

VisionIn 1995, the School Meals Initiative for Healthy Children regulations updated nutrition standards to ensure that school meals were consistent with the...

An Introduction to the Child and Adult Care Food Program

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: April 22, 2016

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federal assistance program provided by the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service. The program provides states...

Learn About Choose My Plate

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: April 22, 2016

In 2011, First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack introduced MyPlate. MyPlate has become the federal government’s primary food group...

The School Day Just Got Healthier! A USDA Initiative

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: April 22, 2016

According to Bill Ayres, Co-Founder and Executive Director of WhyHunger, “Many children eat half their calories at school lunch and breakfast -- improving...

What is the National School Lunch Program?

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: April 22, 2016

Looking for a way to expose students to healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables and whole grains? Concerned about student academic performance? Consider...

An Overview of Snack Policy and a la Carte Guidelines for School Food

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 31, 2016

Tired of seeing your kids snack on chips and soda because those are the options in school vending machines? The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 funds...

The Community Eligibility Provision and School Meals: A Fact Sheet

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 31, 2016

The community eligibility provision (CEP) is an option of meal reimbursement that allows schools with high rates of students who qualify for free or reduced...

Breakfast and the Brain: How Eating Breakfast Impacts School Performance

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 31, 2016

The claim that breakfast is the most important meal of the day has an abundance of sound science behind it. A brief compiled by the Food Research and Action...

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP)

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 29, 2016

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) is a USDA grant-based program that offers funds to schools to provide students with fresh fruits and vegetables...

School Gardens Promote Healthier Eating and Better Learning

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 01, 2016

Hands-on learning provides students with the know how to apply their lessons to real-life situations. Nutrition education may be a component of your school’s...

Who is Eligible to Participate in Federally Funded School Food Programs?

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: February 19, 2016

The Food and Nutrition Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) administers several child nutrition programs including the the National...

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