The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act

A webinar about what states and communities can do to support the law

In 2010, Congress passed the landmark child nutrition reauthorization law known as the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. Now it's up to the USDA along with state policymakers, community leaders, and parents to make sure it gets fully implemented so that students have access to healthier school foods. What issues are emerging as the new legislation is implemented? And what can states and communities do to make sure the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act lives up to its potential?

In our November 10, 2011 webinar, we talked about working effectively with your state Child Nutrition Program and reaching out to local partners like school boards, PTAs, and school health councils to get healthier food into schools. Our expert panel included:

  • Quang "Q" Dang, Legal Technical Assistance Director for ChangeLab Solutions' National Policy & Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity (NPLAN)
  • Jessica Donze Black, Director, Kids Safe and Healthful Food Project for Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Tracy Fox, President, Food, Nutrition & Policy Consultants
  • Kim Kengor, National School Nutrition Manager, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation
  • Roger Kipp, Director of Food Services and Nutrition, Norwood City School District of Norwood, OH
  • Elizabeth Walker, Senior Director of Health Improvement, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
  • Margo Wootan, Director, Nutrition Policy Center for Science in the Public Interest

Webinar Recording and Slides

Webinar Slides


Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project website

Changing the Menu in Chicago
A case study detailing the multiple steps one large school district took to improve the quality of foods in its schools.

Helping School Meals Make the Grade
This fact sheet on improving school meals looks at changes based on USDA proposed regulation and HHFKA.

Voters Want Healthy School Meals
This poll shows that a majority of American voters believe that schools should be required to meet higher nutrition standards for all foods they serve or sell to students.

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010:  Alliance for a Healthier Generation Support for Schools
A summary of the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010.

Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act Fact Sheet
This fact sheet provides a summary of the major improvements to school nutrition that are set forth in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.

The Dollars and Cents of the New School Meal Regulations
This fact sheet shows how provisions in the Healthy, Hunger–Free Kids Act are designed to increase funding for healthy school meals.

Healthy Schools Builder
A series of toolkits including the Healthy Schools Program best practice criteria, rationale, resources for implementation and evidence for national recognition application.

The Healthy Schools Program Framework
Best practices to guide schools in creating a healthy school environment.

Healthy Snacks and School Meals
Links to the Alliance for a Healthier Generation's online tools for identifying healthier school foods and beverages, saving money through group purchasing organizations and simplifying the bid process.