New school lunch nutrition standards – USDA

The USDA released a revision of USDA nutritional standards today. You can find the entire document here. In summary, the new rules lay out a food-based meal planning system in order to ensure nutrient targets are met. This plan increases the amount of fruits, vegetables and whole grains served. It also includes efforts to limit saturated fat by means of restricting milk offerings to low or non-fat (flavored is still allowed in the non-fat variety). Additionally, the proposal provides new minimum and maximum caloric levels. Lots of progress, let’s keep the momentum alive!


Source: Federal Register, A Proposed Rule by the FNS 1/13/11


Cali, New Mexico, Wisconsin and more!

Suggestions for stops along the School Food Tour Route have been flooding in. Thanks to everyone who has contacted me so far! I am encouraged by all of your positive notes and can’t wait to connect with the many farmers, teachers and community food advocates who are all doing fantastic work.

I will continue to update the map on my Route page as I refine the Tour’s scope.

Cheers and happy Saturday to you all!