legislation and regulation


Federal bill aims to increase local produce in school meals

The bill would strengthen and expand the Pilot Project for the Procurement of Unprocessed Fruits and Vegetables.


U.S. Government Accountability Office shares recommendations to improve USDA Foods in Schools

The suggestions were outlined in a report released this month by the GAO, which analyzed the program over the span of several years.

Also in this week’s K-12 legislative update: Maine and Massachusetts take steps to encourage school nutrition professionals to source more local foods.

Both states have allocated funding in their budgets to provide more free meals at school.

Also in this week’s K-12 legislative update: A federal lawmaker wants to get more local seafood on school menus and a new bill seeks to rename the National School Lunch Program Act.

Also in this week’s K-12 legislative update: A New Jersey bill would provide grant funding to schools that source local, and Texas’ approved budget will expand free school breakfast access for students.

The USDA will provide almost $1.3 billion to states to help schools procure American-grown products for their nutrition programs.

The state Senate approved a bill banning the use of gestation crates. The measure now moves to Gov. Phil Murphy, who is expected to sign it into law.

The state is one of the latest chosen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to participate in the direct-certification program.

Also in this week’s K-12 legislative update: Louisiana’s governor signs a reduced-price meals bill into law, and a new bill in New Jersey would phase in universal free meals over a period of five years.

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