The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act makes school lunch healthier for our children. All foods sold in schools will eventually have to meet specific nutrition standards (e.g. limiting sodium, saturated fat, and calories). The following are healthy options available in school meals.
School reimbursement for meals from the federal government has also changed. In order for a meal to be reimbursed, students must take at least ½ cup of fruit or vegetable as part of their meal. The cafeteria will display signs to help students understand what food items make up a reimbursable meal. It is now easier for families to qualify for free/reduced priced meals. If you are a Medicaid recipient or have a foster child, your child is automatically qualified.
Tisa Hill and Julie Apuzzo, Cornell University Division of Nutritional Sciences
Food Research and Action Center. “Highlights: Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010.”
USDA Food and Nutrition Service. “Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.”