The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently released its School Nutrition and Meal Cost Study. The study assessed the impact of updated school nutrition standards under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, a law that reauthorized several federal child nutrition programs. The study gathered data from more than 1,200 schools nationwide on the nutritional quality of school meals, school compliance with the standards, meal costs and revenues, and student participation.
We asked Bettina Elias Siegel to provide some insight about the study. Bettina is the creator of the influential blog The Lunch Tray and her writings on kids and food have appeared in numerous national outlets. Her new book, “Kid Food: The Challenge of Feeding Children in a Highly Processed World,” will be published on November 1.