Great news for school food: This week, Congress passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kid Act, updating cafeteria nutrition standards for the first time in 30 years. Expected to be signed into law by President Obama, the bill will offer more low-cost meals, improve nutrition standards of school meals, and make it harder to serve junk food in schools. And perhaps most exciting, it’ll support more organic and farm-to-school food.
The new act includes a $10 million Organic Pilot Program that seeks to help provide more organic food choices to schools. Competitive grants will be offered to schoolsespecially socially-disadvantaged onesto help cafeterias boost organic offerings. Another $40 million will be dedicated towards a Farm-to-School program, which seeks to help the USDA increase the amount of foods from small- and medium-sized farms in school cafeterias.