As a parent, we know how important it is to be involved in our children's school day and to be informed about the changes made to school meals. We all want our children to eat healthy and get the necessary nutrients they need to grow. At school or at home, we expect the best for our children. The new USDA meal pattern helps to ensure the foods children are offered at school help them do just that. The new meal pattern was developed based on recommendations from a panel of experts convened by the Institute of Medicine. The recommendations are in line with the most current scientific research and aim to foster healthy lifestyles. This toolkit provides parents with information and resources needed to help children eat well and learn healthy habits that last forever.