The Kansas State Board of Education is taking a look at the possible effects of new federal rules aimed at ensuring public schools provide healthy snacks to students.
The agenda for the board’s Tuesday meeting includes a presentation about standards announced this summer by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Starting in July 2014, the USDA will require that all food sold in schools participating in the National School Lunch Program meets healthy snack requirements. The rules include items sold in vending machines, but exempt sports concession sales and events such as bake sales.
The USDA has said it’s trying to fight childhood obesity and other, related health problems. But its standards on school lunches have been criticized as being too strict and resulting in meals that kids won’t eat.