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Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010
School Meals 
 
Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids (HHFK) Act
* Championed by the First Lady as part of her Let's Move! initiative to solve the problem of childhood obesity within a generation. 
* HHFK law contains many provisions that help improve child nutrition programs and make meals and offerings more nutritious.
* Helps transform school food environment in order to promote better nutrition and reduce obesity. 
* The Act reauthorized core Child Nutrition Programs- National School Lunch, School Breakfast, Child and Adult Care Food Program and the Summer  Food Service Programs-as well as WIC.
* These programs are primarily designed to feed kids nutritious meals and to combat childhood hunger. 
* HHFK law enabled the USDA to make major improvements to school meals and bring them in line with the latest nutritional science and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
* First major changes in over 15 years. These changes are important to the 32 million students who eat a school lunch and 12 million who eat a school breakfast each school day.
 
Updated Standards for School Meals 
* In January 2012, just one year after the law was signed by President Obama, USDA issued the final, updated standards for school meals.
* Those standards, built upon recommendations from the Institute of Medicine:
      *  Ensure students are offered both fruits and vegetables every day of the week
      *  Increase offerings of whole grain-rich foods
      *  Offer only fat-free or low-fat milk
      *  Limit calories based on the age of children being served to ensure proper portion size
      *  Increase the focus on reducing the amounts of saturated fat, trans fat, added sugars and sodium
* The new standards went into effect on July 1, 2012.
* Changes in the standards for School Breakfast will be phased in over three years. 
 
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