In recent years, state bodies have attempted to legislate nutrition standards for the foods and beverages that are sold in schools outside of the National School Lunch Program. Different states have tried different strategies. For example, Connecticut has legislated beverage distribution: only water, 100 percent juice, and milk are to be sold in schools. Snack sales are managed differently through an opt-in program: participating schools sell only approved snacks, and in exchange receive additional state reimbursement for the lunch program.
Visit the Rudd Center's Legislation Database to search for legislation filed by Congress, states, and select cities and counties on school foods and beverages.