In the January 13, 2011, Federal Register the U.S. Department of Agriculture published a proposed rule to improve nutrition standards for meals served through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs, as part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.
The proposed rule, Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, would increase fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free and low-fat milk availability at school and limit the amount of saturated fat, sodium, calories, and trans fats in school meals. The proposed requirements are based on recommendations in an October 2009 Institute of Medicine report, School Meals: Building Blocks for Healthy Children.
Other requirements may be found in the proposed rule: Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs
. USDA is soliciting input on the proposed rule until April 2011.