Recent federal policies for revised school meals and Smart Snacks standards aimed for all children to have equitable access to health-promoting food environments. However, studies indicate that rural school, particularly at the secondary level, are lagging behind urban schools in the quality of policies and practices. The aims of this study are to: 1) identify key factors and policy-relevant strategies and lessons learned towards implementation of school food and nutrition practices in rural settings. The research team will conduct key informant interviews with school professionals from rural high school communities in seven states and 14 high schools, and analyze the findings to generate a preliminary framework, which help from key informants and an expert panel.
Informing Rural Schools’ Efforts to Sustainably Implement Revised Federal Standards for School Meals and Snacks
Addressing Equity in Rural Schools: Opportunities and Challenges for School Meal Standards Implementation
Few studies examine why rural public schools have weaker policies and practices related to school nutrition environments compared to their urban counterparts. It is important to understand this disparity because federal school meal standards aim for children to access health‐promoting nutrition environments. In this study, we identify challenges and opportunities … More
Improving Access to Free School Meals: Addressing Intersections Between Universal Free School Meal Approaches and Educational Funding
Free and reduced price meal application data are used to allocate billions of dollars annually in education funding. However, schools serving universal free meals under the Community Eligibility Provision meal service option or USDA’s COVID-19 waivers do not typically collect school meal applications. The loss of this data has caused … More
Schools play a vital role in promoting children’s health and well-being. In the United States, schools contribute significantly to children’s overall diet quality and can provide up to half of their daily calories, especially among children from low-income families. Providing healthy school meals for all is a policy opportunity to … More