legislation and regulation


New York bill that would require schools to provide plant-based, halal and kosher meals is reintroduced

Students would be able to receive the alternative meals at no extra cost.


Nutrition teams worry changes to the USDA’s school meal standards will have unintended consequences

Operators share how stricter rules for sodium and sugar would impact their programs, and what they think is missing from the proposed updates.

Legislators in both states have introduced bills that would permanently offer free meals to all public school students.

If passed, schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program would be required to offer free meals to all students each day.

The states are two of several that have introduced universal free meals bills this legislative session.

The bill includes $60 million from the federal American Rescue Plan Act to provide the meals until the end of June. Governor Ned Lamont is expected to sign it into law. 

The budget earmarks $160 million to offer free breakfast and lunch to all public school students.

SB 348 would restrict added sugar in school meals to no more than 25 grams per day.

The Protecting School Milk Choices Act would require school nutrition programs to offer at least one flavored milk option daily.

The public will be able to comment on the department's proposed updates starting next week.

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