Nutrition, Finances Win with Healthful School Snacks, Report Says

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The federal government is slated to come up with rules governing the food sold at school that’s not part of the regular meals.

Those foods are often called competitive foods, because what’s sold in the student store or in vending machines or other spots at schools often competes with the meal programs.

“Ensuring that schools sell nutritious foods is critical to improving children’s diets,” a report issued Tuesday says. “This is one of the goals of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.”

That law, passed in 2010, directs the federal government to update standards for all foods sold at school by bringing them into alignment with dietary guidelines.

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