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School Nutrition Programs
Schools throughout the state are working hard to create healthier nutrition environments for students. Whether you’re a parent, teacher, administrator, or community member, it is important to get involved in school-based initiatives targeting the health of our children. If you have questions about School Nutrition Programs or Coordinated School Health and Safety Programs, please contact Whitney Vance, Nutrition Education Consultant, at (517) 241-4437.
A local school wellness policy is a written document that guides a local educational agency (LEA) or school district’s efforts to establish a school environment that promotes students’ health, well-being, and ability to learn. The Local School Wellness Policy requirement was established by the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004, and further strengthened by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, through new provisions related to implementation, evaluation, and public reporting. LEAs must begin to develop a revised local school wellness policy during school year 2016-2017, and must fully comply with the new requirements by June 30, 2017.
These new nutrition standards apply to all foods and beverages sold to students during the school day, including in schools' vending machines, stores, snack carts and a la carte lines, as well as in-school fundraising.
Cookbooks, pictures, videos, and more! The 2015 Michigan Junior Chef Cook-off Competition was held on May 13, 2015, at Michigan State University.