The Healthy Schools Act of 2010
The Healthy Schools Act of 2010 was a landmark piece of legislation designed to improve the health, wellness, and environmental literacy of students attending D.C. public and public charter schools.
Makes school meals more affordable
Makes breakfast free to all students
Covers the cost of reduced-price meals (40 cents) so students can eat for free
Encourages schools to serve food that is healthy and local
Provides 10 cents/day/meal at breakfast and lunch for meals that go beyond national nutrition standards (more whole grains, a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, less fat, and less sodium)
Provides an extra 5 cents/day/meal that serves a locally-grown, unprocessed food
Requires that foods vended, sold at fundraisers, or given as prizes meet the USDA’s Healthier US Schools Challenge gold level
Encourages school gardens and outdoor learning experiences
Establishes a school garden program that grants funds to schools for garden creation and maintenance
Establishes an Environmental Literacy Plan to integrate environmental education into K-12 curricula.
Current Status: This legislation is effective as of August 2010.