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National School Lunch Program

The National School Lunch Program is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day. The program was established under the National School Lunch Act, signed by President Harry Truman in 1946.


School Breakfast Program

The School Breakfast Program provides cash assistance to states to operate nonprofit breakfast programs in schools and residential childcare institutions. The Food and Nutrition service administers the SBP at the Federal level. State education agencies administer the SBP at the state level, and local school food authorities operate the Program in schools.


Smart Snacks in Schools

The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 directed the USDA to establish nutrition standards for all foods and beverages sold to students in school during the school day, including foods sold through school fundraisers. The new “Smart Snacks in School” nutrition standards will help schools to make the healthy choice the easy choice by offering students more of the foods and beverages we should be encouraging - whole grains, fruits and vegetables, leaner protein, lower-fat dairy - while limiting foods with too much sugar, fat and salt. These standards for snack sales are in effect from any time before school through 1 hour after school.


Dietary Guidelines 2015-2020

The 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines is designed to help Americans eat a healthier diet. This edition of the Dietary Guidelines outlines how people can improve their overall eating patterns — the complete combination of foods and drinks in their diet. 


FDACS Food Nutrition and Wellness

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The Division of Food, Nutrition, and Wellness (FNW) administers the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program, Afterschool Snack Program, Summer Food Service Program, Seamless Summer Option Program and Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program for the state of Florida. The division is committed to ensuring that every child in Florida benefits from nutritious meals that foster better learning and a lifetime of good health.

 


Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act

 

Improving child nutrition is the focal point of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.The legislation authorizes funding and sets policy for USDA's core child nutrition programs: the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), the Summer Food Service Program, and the Child and Adult Care Food Program. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act allows USDA, for the first time in over 30 years, opportunity to make real reforms to the school lunch and breakfast programs by improving the critical nutrition and hunger safety net for millions of children.


Living Healthy in Florida

Wellness research indicates nutrition affects a person’s learning capabilities, economic opportunities and healthcare costs. The purpose of Living Healthy in Florida is to expand access to healthy, nutritious foods — especially fresh Florida fruits and vegetables, — share knowledge and reinforce healthful behaviors to create a sustainable health ecosystem in Florida.  This FDACS Web resource provides information on healthy eating, healthy learning and healthy moving.


National Dairy Council

Dairy foods are a safe, wholesome and delicious source of essential nutrients — available at a reasonable cost. Combined, milk, cheese and yogurt contain high-quality protein, calcium, potassium, vitamin D and more, making dairy foods an important part of overall health.

NDC is committed to providing practical solutions to bring nutritious foods to people’s kitchens and lives. We are also dedicated to providing people of all ages with a variety of dairy foods to choose from to meet their lifestyle needs.


USDA Choose My Plate

MyPlate is a reminder to find your healthy eating style and build it throughout your lifetime. Everything you eat and drink matters. The right mix can help you be healthier now and in the future.  This USDA website has information to help build a healthy eating style.


State Funded Private School Scholarships
Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Information

A private school scholarship is available.

If your household qualifies for free or reduced-priced lunch, your students may be eligible to receive a state-supported scholarship to a private school. The program, called the, Florida Tax Credit Scholarship was created in 2001. Step Up For Students manages the program. The scholarship is based on income and not on the academic performance of the student or public school. The scholarship helps pay tuition at more than 1,500 participating private schools statewide; a separate transportation scholarship is available to attend a public school in another county. For more information, visit www.StepUpForStudents.org or call 877-735-7837, or email info@stepupforstudents.org

 


         
         

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