Study: U.S. school meals get good grades for nutritional value

A recently released Tufts University study of American diets from 2003-04 to 2017-18 shows that 45 percent of children’s meals from grocery stores were of poor nutritional quality. School meals, however, fared much better, with just 24 percent classified as poor quality.

“Schools are now the single healthiest place Americans are eating,” said Dariush Mozaffarian, a senior author of the study. “This finding is particularly timely given widespread school closures over the last year from COVID-19, and current efforts to safely and fully reopen schools. Our results suggest substantial nutritional harms for millions of kids who have not been consistently receiving meals at school and must rely on other sources.”

Good Morning America’s Kelly McCarthy has more.