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New Meal Pattern

Healthy Hunger

Free Kids Act Meal Patterns and Nutrition Standards

The 2012-2013 school year started off with new nutrition standards for the schools participating in the USDA’s School Meal Programs. These changes were required by the 2010 Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act (Public law 111-296) which was signed into law by President Obama and is part of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! Campaign to improve the health of our nation.

The meal patterns include more fruits, a variety of vegetables, and whole grains; less fat and sodium and specific calorie ranges for children in grades K-5, 6-8, 9-12. West Virginia already implemented many of these changes over the last 15 years and offers a variety of whole grains and fresh fruits. Many school meals now are made from scratch and have less fat and sodium. Students participating in the West Virginia School Meal Programs have selections that enhance learning and health. More information on the new meal pattern requirements can be found below.