What You Need To Know About School Nutrition

The Facts About School Meals!

School Meals have come a long way!!

 

Today, kids are offered healthy, tasty and appealing choice

•          fresh fruits and vegetables offered daily

•          All bread products are minimum 51% Whole Grain

•          All foods are Trans Fat Free

•          Daily Entrée Substitutions include Salads, yogurt and Sandwiches

•          Milk Choices include Skim,1% and 1% Chocolate

•          Pizza w/ whole grain crust, low fat cheese

•          Whole grain Pasta

•          Healthful cooking Techniques

 

School Meals are balanced and Healthy

Lunches that are part of the national School Lunch program (NSLP )

Must meet nutrition guidelines including:

•          limiting fat and saturated fats in meals

•          providing 1/3 of the recommended dietary allowance(RDA) of protein calcium, iron, and vitamins A and C

•          NSLP lunches meet dietary guidelines

•          NSLP lunches are served in age appropriate serving sizes and provide the right balance of protein, dairy, whole grains, fruits and vegetables.

 

School Meals help kids maintain a healthy weight

•          Students who eat school meals provided through the NSLP and SBP are more likely to be at a

healthy weight

•          NSLP participants are more likely than non-participants to consume vegetables and milk products , and meat and other protein-rich foods, both at lunch and over 24 hours: they also consume less soda and or fruit drinks.

•          This benefit is especially relevant for kids and their parents in today’s climate of heightened

awareness of obesity issues.

•          Students are less likely to gain weight during the school year than during the summer when school is out.

 

School Meals help Students do better in school

•          Research has shown that students who eat school meals perform their best academically.

•          Students who eat school breakfast have greater gains in standardized test scores and show improvements in math ,reading and vocabulary scores

•          Healthy eating correlates with less trips to the school nurse and less absenteeism

•          Providing nutritious school breakfast on testing days leads to improved test scores.

 

School Meals are Safe

•          USDA commodities used in the NSLP are safe and are part of a nutritious school lunch

•          School Nutrition professionals have rigorous training in food safety and have implemented a

HACCP plan.

•          School Kitchens are subject to two health inspections annually conducted by the local health department.

•           According to the Food and Drug Administration, school kitchens are among the safest of the

commercial and institutional foodservice establishments.

 

Wellness Policy

(Click for District Wellness Policy)

 

Our District has guidelines for:

•           School Meals

•           Ala carte cafeteria sales

•           Vending machines, Student Stores

•           Classroom parties and special events

•           Fundraisers

 

Parents are Role Models and influence what kids eat:

Encourage healthy eating and lifestyles at home for you and your kids

( Actions Speak louder than words. )

 

Nondiscrimination Statement: This explains what to do if you believe you have been treated unfairly.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited f rom discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:  http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)             mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)             fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)              email: program.intake@usda.gov. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.