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School Food Environment Grades

Our primary project for 2016-2017 is a program to grade the school food in the 24
school districts in Maryland. The grades will be issued on December 18, 2016.  2016 School Food Grades Report Card

 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 and transparency about a 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
  • policies about marketing of foods of minimal nutritional value in school
  • the existence and quality of salad bars.

The first set of grades will be issued in fall of 2016. In 2014-2015 and 2015-2016, Healthy School Food Maryland pursued statewide legislation related to school food. We will not be pursuing any legislation in 2016-2017 and hope that our School Food Environment Grades, which incorporates many of the concerns that we attempted to address via legislation, will help move the needle forward in school food service statewide.

2015 - 2016 Legislative Agenda

2014 - 2015 Legislative Agenda

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