The Child Nutrition and Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Reauthorization Act of 2004 requires all educational entities participating in the National School Lunch Program to establish local school wellness policies. In 2010, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (the Act) regulations added Section 9A to expand upon the previous local wellness policy requirement from the Reauthorization.

The Act strengthens wellness policies by emphasizing ongoing implementation and assessment. This provision also supports a robust process at the community level, including the expansion of the team of collaborators participating in the wellness policy development. This approach is intended to foster broad-based support for effective wellness policies.


  • Triennial Assessment Report Template - 12/3/19
    An assessment of your local school wellness policy must be conducted a minimum of once every three years, per USDA regulations. Districts may use this template to organize the assessment your district has conducted.
  • Action Plan Template - School Wellness Policies - 8/3/18
    Using an action plan with your school wellness committee will ensure progress is being made on your wellness policy and procedures. This template is offered as a guide to help your school or district prioritize a few action steps each year.
  • Local Wellness Policy Checklist-Minnesota - 8/3/18
    This checklist is an optional tool to ensure that your Local Education Agency's local school wellness policy is meeting the regulations set forth by the United States Department of Agriculture under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.
  • School Wellness Works! Toolkit - 1/10/17
    The School Wellness Works! toolkit provides guidance and resources to help schools move from policy to action to ensure student health continues to be a top priority for schools. Many resources and tips are noted to help develop, refine, implement and monitor the well ness policy and related activities.