An initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

School Meal Programs Recommendations

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation offers the following recommendations to strengthen school meal programs.

School Meals


November 15th, 2022


  • Make healthy school meals for all children permanent.
  • Strengthen nutrition standards for school meals to align with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans, including a new standard for added sugars.
  • Increase the reimbursement rate schools receive for serving meals that meet current nutrition standards.
  • Increase funding to support schools’ efforts to offer healthy meals, including resources for new school kitchen equipment, and training and technical assistance for school food service staff.
  • Expand the Community Eligibility Provision that allows schools in high-poverty areas to serve free meals to all students, regardless of family income.
  • Support state efforts to make school meals available to all children free of charge permanently and implement nutrition standards that go beyond the federal standards.

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