BLAINE, Minn. – The USDA is making the first major changes in school meals in 15 years, which are designed raise a healthier generation of children. The new standards align school meals with the latest nutrition science and the real world circumstances of America’s schools. These responsible reforms do what’s right for children’s health in a way that’s achievable in schools across the Nation.
The new lunch standards will go into effect in September and new breakfast standards will start in 2013. The new standards require: age appropriate calorie limits, larger servings of vegetables and fruits, a wider variety of vegetables, more whole grain, only fat-free or low-fat milk, and increased focus on reducing saturated fat, trans fat, and sodium in meals.
Many local school districts have known that these new requirements were coming and had already started to change their internal standards.