When the bipartisan Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 was passed, the legislation was applauded by public health and nutrition advocates across the board.

In addition to reauthorizing federal child nutrition programs, including the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program, the act updated school meal standards. The 2010 mandate created provisions to offer children fruits and vegetables each day, increase whole-grain foods and low-fat and fat-free milk options, rein in calories and cut down on saturated fat, trans fat and sodium.

“The facts are clear: Kids are eating healthier as a result of updated nutrition standards for school meals, 95 percent of schools are successfully serving healthier meals and in 2014, schools saw a net nationwide increase in revenue from school lunches of approximately $450 million,” the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a 2015 statement.

But since the new presidential administration assumed power this year, USDA has changed its tune on school nutrition guidelines. Experts in public health and nutrition are concerned that the rollbacks could undermine children’s health.

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