Proposed Rule to Raise School Lunch and Breakfast Standards

Last Published: 06/21/2013

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Department of Agriculture published a proposed rule to update the nutrition standards for meals served though the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs as part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. The new proposed meal requirements will raise standards for the first time in fifteen years and will make critical changes to school meals and help improve the health and nutrition of nearly 32 million kids that participate in the school meal programs every school day.

The proposed changes to school meal standards, would add more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fat-free and low-fat milk to school meals, are based on recommendations released in 2009 by the National Academies' Institute of Medicine (IOM), and presented in their report, School Meals: Building Blocks for Healthy Children.

USDA is seeking input on the proposed rule from the public though April 13, 2011 at To view a webinar presented by FNS on the proposed rule, please click here.