Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA)
The resources on this page will help schools and districts meet the regulations and requirements of the Healthy, Hunger-Free kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA). HHFKA authorizes funding and sets policy for the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, the Summer Food Service Program, and the Child and Adult Care Food Program. HHKFA, upgrades the nutritional standards for school meals, increases the federal reimbursement rate for school lunches by 6 cents, increases access to school meals, provides more meals for at-risk children, and works toward improving the quality of foods supplied to schools, making the most significant changes to school lunch and breakfast programs in more than 30 years.

The School Day Just Got Healthier!
The USDA is offering the School Day Just Got Healthier toolkit, a collection of resources including brochures, fact sheets, FAQs, fliers, school lessons, templates and much more, to help prepare everyone for the changes to school meals this school year. Everyone plays an important and unique role within the changes to the school food environment.  Understand the changes and messages, access the tools, and take action in your schools through these pages created just for you. View the toolkit on the USDA website.


6 cent Menu Certification

6 Cent Menu Certification & Application - An overview of how to start entering data the required Excel menu certification and simplified nutrient assessment worksheets.
School Meals Certification for Additional 6 Cent Reimbursement - This session introduces the menu certification process necessary to receive the additional 6 cent per lunch meal additional reimbursement, and the Excel templates that must be utilized. This is an introductory overview of the certification tools and menu certification process. 
USDA Menu Certification of Compliance and Spreadsheets includes worksheets and instructions for menus, nutrient assessment, and lunch and breakfast certification.
View instructions for transferring data from USDA Certification Tools on the USDA website.
Healthier Kansas Menus - serve nutritious meals, meet the USDA’s new guidelines and apply for the HealthierUS School Challenge.
Menus that Move - seasonal menus from the Ohio Department of Education that fit the USDA guidelines. Each cycle contains five weekly menus that have been entered into the USDA Menu Certification Worksheet and meet both the required meal components and also nutrient standards.

Best Practices

Meal Pattern Charts

View the HHFKA meal pattern charts for school lunch and breakfast on the USDA website.
School lunch meal pattern for school year 2012-13 and school breakfast meal pattern for school year 2013-14.