State law requires that School Meals-meet USDA nutrition standards.
Arkansas Administrative Rules 005.01.008 Nutrition and Physical Activity Standard
6.07 The Local Wellness Policy is required under the current version of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1751 et seq.) or the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. 1771 et seq.).
6.07.1 Not later than the first day of the school year each local educational agency participating in a program authorized by the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1751 et seq.) or the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. 1771 et seq.) shall establish a local school wellness policy for schools under the local educational agency that:
6.07.1.1 Includes goals for nutrition education, physical activity, and other school-based activities that are designed to promote student wellness in a manner that the local educational agency determines is appropriate;
6.07.1.2 Includes nutrition guidelines selected by the local educational agency for all food available on each school campus under the local educational agency during the school day with the objectives of promoting student health and reducing childhood obesity;
6.07.1.3 Provides an assurance that guidelines for reimbursable school meals shall not be less restrictive than regulations and guidance issues by the Secretary of Agriculture pursuant to subsections (a) and (b) of Section 10 of the Child Nutrition Act (42 U.S.C. 1779) and Sections 9(f)(1) and 17 (a) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1758(f)(1), 1766(a)), as those regulations and guidance apply to public schools;
6.07.1.4 Establishes a plan for measuring implementation of the local wellness policy, including designation of one (1) or more persons within the local educational agency or at each school, as appropriate, charged with the operational responsibility for ensuring that the school meets the local wellness policy; and
6.07.1.5 Involves parents, students, representatives of the school food authority, the school board, school administrators, and the public in the development of the school wellness policy
How to Successfully Implement Wellness Requirements in Arkansas Schools
This document addresses the requirement that school meals must meet nutrition Standard.