The AffiliateMarketIngtools of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Office of Congressional and government Affairs
At A Glance
: School Meals: Building Blocks for Healthy Children
Mon, Oct 19, 2009   2261 Rayburn House Office Bldg. – 11:30 a.m.
Mon, Oct 19, 2009   328A Russell Senate Office Bldg. – 3:30 p.m.

Institute of Medicine
Food and Nutrition Board
Committee on Nutrition Standards for National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs


Congressional Briefings


School Meals: Building Blocks for Healthy Children

The National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program play key roles in supporting the nutrition and health of school children in the United States by providing nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches each school day. While school meals must meet standards established in 1995, advances have been made in dietary guidance in the years since. At the request of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Institute of Medicine convened a committee to provide recommendations to revise standards and requirements so that school meals are more healthful, among them that the USDA adopt standards for menu planning.

These series of briefings were for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on October 20, 2009 and can be found, in its entirety, on .

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