As part of the Act, significant changes were made to the federal requirements for school meals. These changes include:
- A daily serving of fruit
- A daily serving of vegetables
- An increased quantity of combined fruits and vegetables
- Distinction between fruit and vegetables, and requirements for serving both
- Whole-grain rich grains
- Fat-free or low-fat milk
- Calorie minimum and maximum levels
- Sodium reductions
- Trans fat limits
- Saturated fat limits
- 3-year administrative review cycle
Although these changes reflect important change to federal law, California also has strict requirements for the sale of food and beverages to school children set forth in the California Education Code.
For more information on these changes, please visit the US Department of Agriculture's website on Nutrition Standards for School Meals.
Meghan Covert Russell