USDA Announces School Meal Flexibility for Upcoming School USDA will allow flexibility for school districts working to meet updated whole grain requirements for school meals. During SY 13-14, USDA received feedback from schools that the whole grain rich products currently on the market did not hold together when produced in large quantities for school cafeterias. Based on this input, schools that demonstrate significant challenges in serving whole-grain rich pastas can now continue serving traditional enriched pasta products for up to two more years, as industry works to develop healthy pasta that works for schools
Safe and Ready to Learn (External link) Data suggest that the number of students with reported food allergy is on the rise. Life-threatening reactions can occur at school, and school personnel are increasingly involved in managing food allergies in their student populations. This webpage provides resources to help you develop and improve policies and practices that support the safety, well-being, and success of students with life-threatening food allergies.
Healthier US School Challenge, HUSSC USDA has created a very special award for exemplary school nutrition programs that take specific steps to improve their school environment and address obesity. Menu criteria include serving fresh fruits and vegetables, serving whole grain foods, and offering beans/legumes once a week. Call or write Deb Egeland in our office for assistance.