Thanks to updated nutrition standards from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that went into effect last fall, school meals now have more whole grains, fruits and vegetables- and less sodium, fats, and sugars. Check out this delicious and nutritious offering from the Saint Paul Public Schools.
But right next to healthier meals like this are offerings, known as competitive foods, that don’t have to follow the same updated guidelines that school meals do. Isn’t it about time that the nutrition standards for food sold in school vending machines, a la carte lines, snack bars, and school stores are based on the latest science and nutritional needs of children?
Roughly 40% of students buy a snack at school each day, which can contribute to excess calories if kids aren’t making healthy choices, or don’t have healthy options available to them. By strengthening nutrition standards for all foods offered in the school environment, we can clear up the mixed messages kids are getting and help them ‘snack smart’.
In order to make this update happen, the USDA needs to see a strong display of public support. Over 1,200 You’re the Cure advocates have already taken action- and we need YOU to keep that tally rising.
Please take two minutes to send a message to the USDA now. Public comments will only be accepted until April 9th.