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Local School Wellness Policies

Nutrition Services Division Management Bulletin

Purpose: Policy, Action Required, Beneficial Information

To: School Nutrition Program Sponsors

Number: USDA-SNP-16-2011

Attention: Superintendents, Child Nutrition Directors, School Board Members

Date: August 2011

Subject: Child Nutrition Reauthorization 2010: Local School Wellness Policies

Reference: USDA SP 42-2011 Child Nutrition Reauthorization 2010: Local School Wellness Policies

This Management Bulletin (MB) notifies Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) participating in School Nutrition Programs that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently issued a Policy Memo regarding new requirements for Local School Wellness Policy Implementation.


On December 13, 2010, President Obama signed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (Act), reauthorizing the Child Nutrition Programs. The Act added Section 9A to the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1758b), Local School Wellness Policy Implementation. The provisions enhanced the previous local school wellness policy requirements, strengthening requirements for ongoing implementation, assessment, and public reporting of wellness policies and expanding the team of collaborators participating in the wellness policy development to include more members from the community. The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) anticipates issuing a proposed rule addressing the new requirements in fall 2012. The public will have an opportunity to comment on the rule.


To comply with these additional requirements, LEAs must:

  • Designate one or more school officials as appropriate to ensure that each school complies with the local school wellness policy
  • Include goals for nutrition promotion in the local school wellness policy (to be further defined by FNS more clearly in future technical assistance materials)
  • Expand the purpose of the team of collaborators beyond development to include implementation of the local school wellness policy with periodic review and updates
  • Inform and update the public about the content and implementation of the local school wellness policies

These requirements were effective October 1, 2010.


The California Department of Education recommends that districts become aware of the changes and begin reviewing their local wellness policies during the upcoming School Year 2011-12, and to the extent possible, begin moving forward on implementing the new requirements. For example, LEAs should be working toward developing a reasonable method to inform and update the public about their implementation of local wellness policies. Some suggestions include disseminating printed or electronic materials to their community and posting information on their district Web site.

The USDA policy memorandum SP 42-2011 is available on the FNS School Policy Web page at for your reference. This memorandum provides more detailed information about the requirements and recommended actions for the School Year 2011–12. Districts may also find it helpful to consult the local school wellness policy reference materials and sample policies on the FNS Local Wellness Policy Web page at

If you have any questions regarding this MB, please contact Heather Reed, Nutrition Education Consultant, Education and Nutrition Policy Unit, by phone at 916-323-3581 or by e-mail at

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Thursday, April 9, 2015

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