Percent of Students in District with Policies that Met or Exceeded the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for School Meals by Race/Ethnicity

    • August 25, 2009

Students in school districts that served predominantly black or Latino populations were more likely than students in districts with predominantly white populations to be covered by wellness policies that required school meals to meet or exceed the 2005 Dietary Guidelines by the beginning of the 2007–08 school year.

The bar graph shows the strength of school meal guidelines outlined in district policies based on the district’s racial and ethnic composition. Strong policy provisions are those that required action and specified an implementation plan or strategy. They included language such as shall, must, will, require, comply and enforce. Weak policy provisions offered suggestions or recommendations, and some required action, but only for certain grade levels or times of day. They included language such as should, might, encourage, some, make an effort to, partial and try.