Local School Wellness Policies aim to promote sound nutrition, student health, reduce childhood obesity, and provide transparency to the public on the school wellness environment. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA) requires all sponsors participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and/or School Breakfast Program (SBP) to establish a written Local School Wellness Policy for all schools under its jurisdiction. Sponsors have the flexibility to develop Local School Wellness Policies that meet the needs of their students and school community, but must meet the minimum requirements set by USDA.
Effective Aug. 13, 2021:
Public Act 102-0359 requires Illinois school districts to incorporate a food sharing plan for unused food focused on students in need into their local wellness policy.
ISBE is looking for effective strategies that Illinois Schools are using to Implement and evaluate their wellness policies, along with sample policies. Please help us by submitting your success story or your sample policy to