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AB-1829 Schools: school meals: nutritional information.(2011-2012)



SECTION 1.
 (a) The Legislature finds and declares the following:
(1) There is an increase in the number of overweight children in California.
(2) Medical literature documents the severe, lifelong health consequences of diets high in fat and saturated fat as well as the health and economic consequences of being overweight or obese.
(3) The federal School Breakfast Program and the National School Lunch Program can play a critical role in addressing this health crisis.
(4) Parental involvement is essential to maximizing the obesity-prevention potential of the federal School Breakfast Program and the National School Lunch Program.
(b) Therefore, recognizing the availability of free and readily accessible nutritional information for entrees and other components served as part of the federal School Breakfast Program and the National School Lunch Program, it is the intent of the Legislature that parents be informed if their school district has adopted guidelines to provide parents with information about the nutritional content of meals served through the federal School Breakfast Program and the National School Lunch Program.

SEC. 2.

 Section 49591 is added to the Education Code, to read:

49591.
 (a) Commencing with the 2013–14 school year, a school district participating in the federal School Breakfast Program or the National School Lunch Program shall disseminate information regarding the nutritional content of the reimbursable breakfasts or lunches served as part of these programs. This information shall include, but is not limited to, all of the following:
(1) The total number of calories in each meal.
(2) The total number of grams of saturated fat in each meal.
(3) The total number of grams of protein in each meal.
(4) The total number of carbohydrates in each meal.
(5) The total number of milligrams of sodium in each meal.
(b) A school district participating in the federal School Breakfast Program or the National School Lunch Program shall present the information described in subdivision (a) in a manner that permits parents and pupils to access the nutritional information while they access the daily school breakfast or lunch menu.
(c) This section shall apply only to school districts that, as of January 1, 2013, regularly disseminate school menu information online or in printed form.