New Nutrition Standards for School Meals

The USDA finalized new nutrition standards for school meals January 25, the first big upgrades to school menus in 15 years. These changes will add more fruits, veggies, whole grains and low-fat milk while placing stricter limits on fat and calories.
  • A statement from RWJF CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey on the new standards.
  • A statement from the Kids’ Safe & Healthful Foods Project.
  • Research has shown that only one-fifth of public elementary school students have access to salad bars and whole grains most of the week, while nearly 60 percent of high schoolers had access to snacks such as candy, cookies and ice cream. Read more in Bridging the Gap’s elementary and secondary school surveys.