The guidelines established by the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 for the school breakfast program will go into effect in phases beginning during the 2013-2014 school year.
The School Breakfast Program made the following changes:
- Calories: the average calories per meal each week now varies by grade, with different calorie limits for each grade category: K-5 (350 – 500 calories), 6-8 (400 – 550 calories), 9-12 (450 – 600 calories).
- Schools must now offer 5 cups of fruit each week during breakfast (previously 2.5 cups per week), only half of which can come from 100% fruit juice. Students must select at least ½ a cup of fruit for each breakfast meal.
- Vegetables can be substituted for fruits once the 1st2 cups of fruit have been offered.
- By school year 2014-2015 all grains much be whole grain rich, which means at least 51% whole grain.
For more information view the final rule here: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-01-26/pdf/2012-1010.pdf