Hunger Task Force supports the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids act reauthorized core child nutrition programs that are administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture: National School Lunch, School Breakfast, Child and Adult Care Food Program, the Summer Food Service Programs and WIC.
Goals for the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids act:
In January 2012, one year after the law was signed by President Obama, the USDA issued updated standards for school meals that were mandated by the HHFK Act. Beginning in 2012-13, schools are phasing in the new nutrition standards over a three-year period. Schools will focus on changes in lunches in the first year, with most changes in breakfast to take place in future years.
The new meal standards:
The new standards are designed to ensure that children have the energy they need to learn in class and be physically active, while reducing their risk for obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and other serious chronic diseases.
The HHFK Act introduced the first major changes in Child Nutrition programs in over 15 years. These changes are important to the 83.4% of MPS students who qualify for free and reduced-price school lunch and the nearly 30,000 who eat a school breakfast each school day.
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