Americans Show Support of Healthy School Meals in New Poll

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Debra Eschmeyer, Executive Director of Let's Move and Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition

As the school bells begin to ring welcoming in the next school year, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation released a new national survey demonstrating that Americans clearly support keeping school meals healthy.

In 2010, Congress passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act with bipartisan support to help ensure all American children have the nutritious food they need to perform well in school and grow into healthy adults. And the American public has noticed and appreciated the healthier school meal standards as the survey shows that 67 percent say the nutritional quality of food in their local schools is excellent or good, which is up from only 26 percent in 2010 before the standards were put into place.

Some key findings include:

  • More than 9 out of 10 Americans say nutrition standards in school meals are important.
  • 86 percent support today’s school nutrition standards saying they should stay in place or be made stronger.
  • 88 percent support government-funded farm to school programs.

Complete poll results are available online at

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