The United States Department of Agriculture, USDA, oversees the feeding of America’s school children. This week, the Mountain-Plains regional director, Darlene Sanchez, came to Topeka to find out how the new school meals standards are working in Topeka Public Schools. The USDA implemented the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, the school breakfast program that started this year and the recently announced smart snacks in school nutrition standards.
Sanchez visited Scott Dual Language Magnet School where she was given a tour of the school and told about its dual language program. She then sat down with kindergarten students and had lunch with them. “We were thrilled to be a part of Darlene’s visit to Topeka,” said Niki Jahnke, general director of child nutrition services for Topeka public Schools. “I am happy to have been given the opportunity to share with USDA our challenges and our successes in implementing the new food standards.”