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School Food Environment Grades

Our primary project is a program to grade the school food in the 24 School Food Environment Grades report cardschool districts in
Maryland. The grades are issued in April or May of each year for the previous calendar year.  

 Our rubric includes grades on:

  • consistent access to potable water
  • use of local produce and farm-to-school programs
  • policies prohibiting artificial colors, flavors and other chemicals in school food
  • access to healthier vending options both during and outside of the school day
  • existence, transparency and power of district-level standing wellness committee or its equivalent
  • policies and practices to reduce sugar in school food
  • transparency about school foods
  • amount of scratch cooking
  • variety and repetition of meals and typical kid foods
  • vegetarian and vegan options
  • policies about marketing of foods of minimal nutritional value in school
  • the existence and quality of salad bars.

 In 2014-2015 and 2015-2016, Healthy School Food Maryland pursued statewide legislation related to school food. We are not currently pursuing legislation as we were hoping and have found that our School Food Environment Grades, which incorporate many of the concerns that we attempted to address via legislation, are helping improve school food and wellness environments statewide more quickly.

2017 School Food Environment Grades
2016 School Food Environment Grades
2015 - 2016 Legislative Agenda
2014 - 2015 Legislative Agenda

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