Why School Nutrition?

Nevada has over 400,000 students enrolled in its public schools. In 2009, almost 8% of high school students in Nevada reported they did not eat vegetables and 81% reported they ate fruit less than three times per day during the 7 days prior the survey1 (YRBS, 2009). Schools provide a captive audience and an excellent opportunity to increase fruit and vegetable consumption. Schools can ensure that the available food and beverage options are healthy and help youth eat food that meets dietary recommendations for fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and nonfat or low-fat dairy products.

Resources for Parents

Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
CACFP is the Child and Adult Care Food Program, a Federal program that supports or provides funding for healthy meals and snacks served to children and adults receiving day care.

Special Milk Program (SMP)
The Special Milk Program (SMP) provides milk to children in schools and childcare institutions who do not participate in other Federal meal service programs.

Summer Food Services Program (SFSP)
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) was established to ensure that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. Free meals, that meet Federal nutrition guidelines, are provided to all children 18 years old and under at approved SFSP sites in areas with significant concentrations of low-income children.

National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
The National School Lunch Program provides nutritious lunches and the opportunity to practice skills learned in classroom nutrition education.

School Nutrition Association (SNA)

National Farm to School Network
Farm to School is broadly defined as a program that connects schools (K-12) and local farms with the objectives of serving healthy meals in school cafeterias, improving student nutrition, providing agriculture, health and nutrition education opportunities, and supporting local and regional farmers.

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service
The Food and Nutrition Service administers several programs that provide healthy food to children including the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, the Child and Adult Care Food Program, the Summer Food Service Program, the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, and the Special Milk Program. Administered by State agencies, each of these programs helps fight hunger and obesity by reimbursing organizations such as schools, child care centers, and after-school programs for providing healthy meals to children.

Child Nutrition Program

National School Lunch Program
Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
School Breakfast Program
Special Milk Program
Nutrition Education

Additional Resources
Nutrition & Health of Young People
Nutrition, Physical Activity & Obesity 

 

SOURCES: 1.YRBS (2009). CDC’s Youth Risk Behavioral Survey. Available at: www.cdc.gov/yrbs  . Accessed on May 2012.