School Lunches: Analyses and Challenges of Implementing Nutrition Standards

Theodore Walz (Editor)

Series: Nutrition and Diet Research Progress
BISAC: HEA048000

The National School Lunch Program served more than 31 million children in fiscal year 2012, in part through $11.6 billion in federal supports. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 required USDA to update nutrition standards for lunches. USDA issued new requirements for lunch components – fruits, vegetables, grains, meats, and milk – and for calories, sodium, and fats in meals.

USDA oversees state administration of the program, and states oversee local SFAs, which provide the program in schools. The changes were generally required to be implemented in the school year from 2012 to 2013. This book assesses lunch participation trends; challenges SFAs faced implementing the changes, if any; and USDA’s assistance with and oversight of the changes. It also discusses modifications needed to be made to some of the new nutrition standards in school lunches. (Imprint: Nova)



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Table of Contents


Chapter 1. School Lunch: Implementing Nutrition Changes Was Challenging and Clarification of Oversight Requirements Is Needed
United States Government Accountability Office

Chapter 2. School Lunch: Modifications Needed to Some of the New Nutrition Standards. Statement of Kay E. Brown, Director, Education, Workforce, and Income Security, Government Accountability Office. Hearing on ”School Meal Regulations: Discussing the Costs and Consequences for Schools and Students”
United States Government Accountability Office

Chapter 3. Hearing on ”School Meal Regulations: Discussing the Costs and Consequences for Schools and Students”
Testimony of Margo G. Wootan, Director of Nutrition Policy, Center for Science in the Public Interest


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