Health Enhancement and Safety

USDA Releases Guidance on Healthy, Hunger- Free Kids Act

Sunday, May 1, 2011, 9:02 pm

USDA recently released guidance on the milk and water provisions included in P.L. 111-296, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. Memos were sent to state agency directors in every state and provide information on how school nutrition programs can implement these sections.

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act modifies the fluid milk requirements for the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program. Under the new law, school nutrition programs must offer at least two choices from the following types of milk: 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, and fat-free or low-fat acidified milk.

School nutrition programs are also now required to make water available at no charge to children participating in the National School Lunch Program. The memo notes that there are a variety of ways school nutrition programs can meet this requirement. The memo also clarifies that water is not considered part of the reimbursable meal and therefore, students are not required to take water.

To view both memos, please visit the links below:

Water Availability During Meal Service Memo

Requirements for Fluid Milk Memo

For more information, contact School Nutrition Programs, 406-444-2501