legislation and regulation


An inside look at the USDA and Urban School Food Alliance’s procurement partnership

Dr. Katie Wilson shares how the team’s new partnership with the USDA will help schools tackle their biggest procurement pain points.


North Carolina introduces grant program to boost school breakfast participation

Also in this week’s K-12 legislative update: New York schools can apply for new farm-to-school grant funding and federal lawmakers introduce another bill that would raise school meal reimbursement rates.

The new partnership will provide tools and resources to school nutrition programs to help them with procurement challenges.

Starting in January, added sugar in school meals served in the state will be restricted to no more than 25 grams of added sugar per day.

Senate bill 2943 would require schools to offer fluid milk substitutes if requested by students, parents or guardians.

Around 3,000 more school districts will be able to offer free meals to students under the Community Eligibility Provision.

A new bill would direct the USDA to pay off all existing meal debt owed to schools.

Lawmakers have introduced a bill that would make free school meals a lasting fixture in the state.

The state is the latest to offer free meals to students who qualify for reduced-price lunches.

The new rules apply to restaurants and on-site operations like cafeterias, though healthcare facilities are exempt from the ban on providing single-use straws.

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