Health Equity Considerations
The West Virginia Board of Education Policy 4321.1: Standards for School Nutrition ("nutrition standards") primary focus is to improve the school food environment through changes in school district policies and practices. Two key intended outcomes of the policy are to improve the nutritional quality of foods available in schools and reduce marketing of unhealthy foods and beverages to students. The West Virginia School Nutrition Standards were evaluated as state-level policy affecting all the children in the state who attend schools in the 55-county system. This is a mandatory policy that reaches 282,000 students, pre-K through 12th grade. Almost 52% of the student population in West Virginia is eligible for free or reduced-price school meals.