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School Meals

The nation’s child nutrition programs were due to be reauthorized in 2015. These important programs provide meals to millions of children – the National School Lunch Program alone serves more than 31 million students per day and operates in nearly 95 percent of public schools nationwide. Supported by Congress for over half a century, the federal child nutrition programs provide schools with technical and financial resources to ensure that all students have access to nutritious meals and snacks. Federal guidelines for school meals require, dependent upon age, that students be served between ¾ to one cup of vegetables at lunch and a 1/2 cup to one cup of fruit at breakfast and lunch.                                                                                                                                                                               United Fresh’s priority is to protect and support programs and policies that increase children’s fresh fruit and vegetable consumption, including healthier school meals and snacks, the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP), and ensuring schools have access to adequate school kitchen equipment to serve more fresh fruits and vegetables.


United Fresh’s 116th Congress Childhood Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) priorities:

  • Continue the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) as “fresh only”.
  • Ensure school nutrition standards align with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA), including maintaining the fruit and vegetable serving requirements.
  • Permanently authorize School Kitchen Equipment Grants. 
  • Protect and strengthen nutrition in the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).
  • Identify opportunities to ensure that all our nation’s nutrition programs align with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA).

United Fresh Action:

August 24, 2020 | Letter to Congress on the Pandemic Child Hunger Prevention Act

April 27, 2020 | Letter to Congress on COVID-19 School Meals Request

April 22, 2020 | United Fresh Comments on School Meals Proposed Rule

April 16, 2020 | Letter to Congress on School Meals

April 10, 2019 | Letter from Tom Stenzel, CEO, United Fresh Produce Association, on Childhood Nutrition Reauthorization 

September 9, 2015 | Letter from the Fresh Produce Industry on Child Nutrition Reauthorization