Schools Serving, Kids Eating Healthier School Meals Thanks to Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act

USDA released a “Fact Sheet: Schools Serving, Kids Eating Healthier School Meals Thanks to Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.” Students have eaten healthier breakfasts, lunches, and snacks at school thanks to the bipartisan Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which made the first meaningful improvements to the nutrition of foods and beverages served in cafeterias and sold in vending machines in 30 years. Thanks to the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act and other strategies, the national obesity trend is slowly reversing, and our children have more energy to learn and grow, greater opportunity to thrive, and better overall health.

Food banks are urging Congress to act quickly to reauthorize a strong Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act and support the ongoing success of the healthier meals, such as the following:

  • Kids are eating more healthy food and throwing less food away. 
  • Students like the taste of the healthier school meals. 
  • Kids are eating more fruits and vegetables as a result of updated standards. 
  • Over 95 percent of schools report that they are successfully meeting the updated nutrition standards.
  • School lunch revenue is up.
  • Parents support the healthier school meals. 
  • Support for healthier school meals is bipartisan.

To obtain a copy of the fact sheet, go to http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentid=2015/09/0242.xml&contentidonly=true

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