“When we send our kids to school, we expect that they won’t be eating the kind of fatty, salty, sugary foods that we try to keep them from eating at home,” said Ms. Obama. “And when we’re putting in all that effort the last thing we want is for our hard work to be undone each day in the school cafeteria. We want the food they get at school to be the same kind of food we would serve at our own kitchen tables.”
“Improving the quality of school meals is a critical step in building a healthy future for our kids,” said Mr. Vilsack. “When it comes to our children, we must do everything possible to provide them the nutrition they need to be healthy, active and ready to face the future—today we take an important step towards that goal.”
The final standards make the same kinds of practical changes that many parents are already encouraging at home, including: ensuring students are offered both fruits and vegetables every day of the week; substantially increasing offerings of whole grain-rich foods; offering only fat-free or low-fat milk varieties; limiting calories based on the age of children being served to ensure proper portion size; and increasing the focus on reducing the amounts of saturated fat, trans fats and sodium.