LC Number: KF31 .A35 2010 OCLC Number: (OCoLC)645495398 Subject: Children -- Nutrition -- Law and legislation -- United States. Excerpt: ...tage and aggregate number of Americans living in poverty increased. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, real median household income fell by 3.6 percent between 2007 and 2008, from $52, 163 to $50, 303, offsetting the gain in income experienced over the past three years. Additionally, between 2007 and 2008 the official poverty rate increased from 12.5 percent (37.3 million persons) to 13.2 percent (39.8 million persons), the first statistically significant annual increase in the poverty rate since 2004 and the highest poverty rate since 1997. For children under 18 years of age, the poverty rate was higher than the national average, increasing from 18 percent in 2007 to 19 percent in 2008. In addition to their importance in addressing food insecurity, Federal child nutrition programs play a critical role in providing nutritious, balanced meals to children and promoting healthy lifestyles. Major strides have been made in recent years to improve the quality of meals served to children through child nutrition programs. According to the third USDA School Nutrition Dietary Assessment (SNDA III), in school year 2004-2005, over 95 percent of NSLP lunches offered and served by most schools met USDA goals for cholesterol over a typical week and were lower in saturated fat than meals served in school year 1998-1999, when the last SNDA was conducted. Larger proportions of elementary schools met the standards for total fat and saturated fat, and a larger proportion of secondary schools met the standard for saturated fat. Despite this significant progress, however, considerable work remains to be done to improve children's diets and to bring Federally-subsidized meals in line with USDA nutritional guidelines. According to USDA, roughly 99 percent of lunches included amounts of sodium above the recommen...LC Number: KF31 .A35 2010 OCLC Number: (OCoLC)645495398 Subject: Children -- Nutrition -- Law and legislation -- United States.
|Title||:||Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010|
|Author||:||United States Congress Senate|