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School Meal Standards Are an Opportunity Not a Punishment

Tray of fresh fruit and vegetables.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue thinks food service providers are being “punished” for childhood obesity. School meals are the primary source of food for many children, and ensuring students get nutritious food at school is essential to reducing childhood obesity.

Food service directors don’t view school meal standards as punishment, and the USDA itself estimates that 95 percent of schools are already meeting the standards. Districts we work with are exceeding the standards.

Our Cooking up Change program highlights what’s possible when the standards are used as an opportunity, rather than a limitation: healthy, delicious school meals students want to eat.

Rochelle Davis, President and CEO, Healthy Schools Campaign

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