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New resource promotes nutritious school meals

Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Did you know that proper nutrition in schools leads to less absenteeism? Fewer classroom disruptions? Higher test scores?

To highlight the School Breakfast Program and National School Lunch Program, we have created a new downloadable resource poster that provides information on school meals in Iowa.

The School Breakfast Program and National School Lunch Program are federally assisted meal programs that operate in public and nonpublic schools and residential child care institutions. In Iowa, school nutrition programs are administered by the Iowa Department of Education’s Bureau of Nutrition and Health Services.

During the 2018-19 school year, 16,700,000 school breakfasts and 60,200,000 school lunches were served in Iowa. To receive federal reimbursement, school nutrition programs must offer “reimbursable meals” that meet federal nutrition standards that include a balance of fruits, vegetables, low-fat or fat-free milk, whole grains and protein.

Research has shown not only nutritional benefits of school meals, but academic and behavior benefits as well. Learn more about your school nutrition program today! Show support for the 5,200 school nutrition professionals that work to plan, purchase and prepare healthy foods to create nutritious, safe, and enjoyable school meals.