Make All Foods Sold and Served in Schools Healthy for Kids
  • Petitioned U.S. Department of Agriculture

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U.S. Department of Agriculture

Make All Foods Sold and Served in Schools Healthy for Kids

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      an organization in support of healthy food in schools

For the first time in more than 30 years, the U.S Department of Agriculture is updating nutrition standards for snack foods and beverages sold in schools. This proposed rule complements USDA’s standards for school meals, which took effect this school year.

We need your help to make sure USDA takes real action to improve the foods and beverages that students can buy every day.

These proposed guidelines could make a major difference to children’s health. They would ensure that when kids make choices about snacks and drinks, the options they see are healthy ones, whether sold as a la carte items in the cafeteria, in vending machines, or in school stores. These items are a big part of what our young people eat—roughly 40 percent of students buy a snack at school every day.

Help make sure all the choices kids have are healthy ones.

Even if students eat a healthy lunch, research shows they often still consume excess calories from additional a la carte items the cafeteria might serve, such as french fries or ice cream. Sometimes kids skip a nutritious meal entirely in favor of less-healthy snacks.

Show your support for healthy snacks and drinks in schools. Submit a comment to USDA today!

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 40,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • brandon oberly BAYFIELD, CO
      • 10 months ago

      I see alot of overweight children, is very sad.

    • Faye Harbottle WASHINGTON, DC
      • over 1 year ago

      USDA needs to take some responsibility for the health (or ill health) of children today. The country's future is at stake.

    • Linda Jimenez MURRAY, KY
      • over 1 year ago

      the younger they are trained to eat healthy the better their health will be.

    • Chris Farral LITTLE ELM, TX
      • over 1 year ago

      I believe children should better understand the importance of eating healthy. As a kid I ate healthy in schools despite the unhealthy choices available to me, occasionally rewarding myself with a chocolate bar. I don't think forcing children to eat healthy is the right way, as it will only make the unhealthy foods more desirable. But I'll sign this petition as an experiment. I want to see if removing the unhealthy choices will actually improve health in children.

    • Ristina Durivage ERIE, PA
      • over 1 year ago

      My daughter bugs me to get a hot lunch but bc it seems to be ready made, not nutritionally balanced and caned, I don't allow her to eat it. If it was fresh and not out of box, I would consider it.


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