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School-Served Lunches to Include More Fruits, Veggies

Dorothy Rowley | 8/20/2014, 11:15 a.m.
Lunchtime this year in public schools across the country promises to be a lot more nutritious, with an abundance of ...
The Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act ensures that school-served lunches have more fruits and vegetables. (Courtesy of USDA)

Lunchtime this year in public schools across the country promises to be a lot more nutritious, with an abundance of fruits and vegetables being a staple among items served.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act — an offshoot of first lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" initiative — ensures that major improvements are being made to promote better nutrition and reduce obesity by serving healthier school foods.

"We're getting positive results from our initial research and this year students will be getting more nutrition," said Madeline Levin, a policy analyst for D.C. Hunger Solutions.

Levin said the city has implemented a national program that allows students who live in impoverished areas to qualify for free meals at their schools and other educational facilities.

While recent USDA studies have found that public school students are now eating more fruits and vegetables in accordance with lunch guidelines enacted in 2012, District school officials are adhering to some of the highest nutritional standards of any school system in the country, with a program that supports health, wellness and academic achievement.