July 7th, 2012

School lunches missing the mark for nutrition standards

Is your child eating a healthy lunch at school? Probably not, according to our new investigation. Most California districts reviewed by the state failed to meet at least one nutritional requirement in their meals. Fat and sodium levels were especially a problem point: About 30% of school districts exceeded the saturated fat limit, and four out of five districts exceeded recommended sodium levels.

Our new infographic shows a breakdown of how California scored, giving a look at the kinds of foods kids are eating at school. The most commonly served item? Meat pizza. 

Read our full analysis here.

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    “… an underground market of chips, candy and other junk food reportedly thrived” in the L.A. Unified School District...
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