The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released two new policies to implement changes from the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (also known as child nutrition reauthorization). These policies affect only School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. These policies and all other USDA policies can be found at http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/governance/policy.htm
1. Nutrition Requirements for Fluid Milk
requires that a variety of fluid milk be served consistent with the most recent Dietary Guidelines for Americans. School food authorities must offer at least two choices from the following:
• Fat-free milk
• Low-fat (1%) milk
• Fat-free or low-fat lactose reduced milk
• Fat-free or low-fat lactose-free milk
• Fat-free or low-fat buttermilk
• Fat-free or low-fat acidified milk
Such products must be pasteurized fluid milk that meets state and local standards.
2. Water Availability During National School Lunch Program Meal Service
requires schools participating in the NSLP to make potable water available to children at no charge in the place where lunch meals are served during the meal service. There are a variety of ways that schools can implement this requirement. For example, schools can offer water pitchers and cups on lunch tables, a water fountain, or a faucet that allows students to fill their own bottles or cups with drinking water. Whatever solution is chosen, the water must be available without restriction in the location where meals are served. Schools should be working toward developing a reasonable method to implement this requirement.
USDA understands that some food service areas and/or procedures may require significant changes to properly incorporate these provisions. They also recognize the range of complexities that may be involved in a school’s ability to implement this provision. Therefore, USDA encourages schools to comply with this requirement as soon as possible, but not later than the beginning of School Year 2011-12.