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School snacks before 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act by calories

School snacks before the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, by calories

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United States

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as of 2017

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Beginning in the fall of 2012, updated national standards went into effect for the school meal programs. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 required USDA to issue regulations to align school meal standards with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
The revised standards include more fruits, vegetables and whole grains, lowfat dairy products, and fewer unhealthy sugars and fats. As of December 2014, 95 percent of schools are meeting the updated meal standards. Since 2009, USDA has provided $185 million in school kitchen equipment funding to all 50 states, which distribute the funds to local school districts through competitive bidding processes.250 States are required to prioritize funding to schools where at least half of students qualify for free or reduced-price meals. USDA also provides technical assistance to school to help implement the healthier standards.
* Calories from food components such as added sugars and solid fats that provide little nutritional value. Empty calories are part of total calories.

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