Here is my latest guest blog for Food & Nutrition Magazine's Stone Soup: The HHFKA: A Top 10 List.
It touches on the good parts of the legislation as well as the controversial parts, currently making headlines.
There is also a little known clause in the long HHFKA regulation called "paid equity". The price of a school lunch for paid students must eventually equal the subsidy the federal government pays for free students. Translation - what's in it for your kids may be a price increase. Look for that when school starts this fall.
Also, don't be surprised if your student comes home and mentions things the school no longer sells, for example, certain snacks or treats they may have occasionally enjoyed in the past. New snack regulations for things sold outside of the school meal (snacks, vending, school stores, fundraisers) take effect now too.
Stay tuned for part 2 of my guest blog about school meals.