USDA Challenged by Child Nutrition Overhaul

Now that the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act has become law, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will be challenged to put policy theory into practice expeditiously and fairly. The Department will be called on to address meal standards, restrictions on junk food, direct purchases of farm goods, and numerous other issues in the course of implementing the Hunger-Free Kids Act.

Undoubtedly one of the most contentious issues will be revised nutrition standards for school and childcare meals, standards that directly address America’s child obesity epidemic. For the first time in 30 years, USDA has been given the authority to regulate the availability and quality of all foods served on a school campus during the entire school day, along with an extra six cents per meal for upgrading the menu. However, the National School Boards Association is already saying that “the actual increased cost of compliance” will require twice as much money as the Act provides. read more…