Review of National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program Meal Patterns and Nutrient Standards

Type: Consensus Study
Topics: Food and Nutrition, Children and Families, Public Health
Board: Food and Nutrition Board

Activity Description

The Institute of Medicine has undertaken a study to review and provide recommendations to update the nutrition standard and the meal standards for the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Programs.  The recommendations are to reflect new developments in nutrition science, increase the availability of key food groups in the school meal programs, and allow these programs to better meet the nutritional needs of children, foster healthy eating habits, and safeguard children's health. The study will have two reports.  The first report (Phase I) has been issued for comment and outlines the criteria and process for the needed decision-making.  The second report (Phase II) will specify the updated nutrition standards and meal standards.

In addition, this study has now been expanded to provide recommendations for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). Targeted work on CACFP will begin at the time the Phase II report for the school lunch and breakfast programs is completed (approximately October 2009), and will build on the information and recommendations resulting from that work.  A new study committee will be convened and include, as appropriate, members of the existing school lunch and breakfast committee along with other newly identified experts.

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