We recommend that schools, the Louisiana Department of Education, and the United States Department of Agriculture increase the reimbursement rate for free and reduced price meals, maximize the use of existing federal and state nutrition program resources, and make it easier for children to enroll in these programs.
We recommend that school food service authorities and food service management companies serve breakfast, lunch, and snacks that exceed United States Department of Agriculture minimum nutrition standards and provide students with the best possible nutrition.
We recommend that schools integrate healthy foods into their school culture through existing curricula, enrichment activities, field trips, after-school programming, and events.
We recommend that each school in New Orleans create a wellness policy that reflects the values and culture of their school and use it as an accountability mechanism to ensure that only high-quality, nutritious foods are served to children throughout the school day.
We recommend that the city, school districts, and individual schools take steps to ensure that all schools have access to the kitchen infrastructure and equipment required to provide students with fresh, nutritious food.
We recommend that school food authorities, food service management companies, the city, and the state support workforce development for school food service staff and recognize the contributions of all school staff who cook and serve meals as essential to bringing healthful foods to students.
We recommend that schools purchase products from regional farmers, fisheries, dairies, and other businesses.
We recommend that 100% of foods sold outside of the school meals program in elementary, middle, and high schools meet or exceed Louisiana’s state nutrition standards.
via FPAC- Stepping up to the Plate: Transforming School Food in New Orleans | New Orleans Food & Farm Network.]]