What You Need To Know About School Nutrition

The Core Programs

School Breakfast

Increasing participation in the School Breakfast Program

  • 9.3 million children served daily nationwide
  • 1.6 billion breakfasts served annually
  • 22% of kids do not eat breakfast on school days

Our Breakfast Program

  • Participation: 1200 per day or 22% of the District

School Lunch

Increasing participation in the National School Lunch Program ( NSLP )

  • 29.6 million children served daily
  • 95% of schools nationwide participate in the (NSLP )
  • 4.9 billion lunches served annually

Our Lunch Program

  • Participation: 3,800 daily or 71% of the District

The Facts About School Meals

School Meals have come along way!!

Today, kids are offered healthy ,tasty and appealing choices:

  • fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Whole grains
  • Reduced Trans Fats
  • Salad Bars
  • 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.
  • Students are less likely to gain weight during the school year than during the summer when school is out.

School Meals include USDA Commodity Foods

USDA has made significant progress in reducing the fat sodium and added sugar in commodity foods.

  • Ground beef was reduced to 15% fat compared to an average 30% fat content in the fast food industry.
  • Commodity canned fruits are only bought with light syrup and fruit juice versus heavy syrup.
  • A wide variety of fresh, frozen and canned vegetable products are offered. Over 50% of all commodities available are grains, fruits and vegetables

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 Policies

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Our District has guidelines for:

  • School Meals
  • Ala carte cafeteria sales
  • Vending machines, Student Stores
  • Classroom parties and special events
  • Fundraisers

Professionals share the same goals:

  • Well balanced nutritious meals for their kids
  • Creating healthy eating habits for life

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. )

Wellness Policies are comprehensive:

  • Physical activity and Nutrition Education are included

The Role of Parents: ( Actions speak louder than words )

How to get involved:

  • Review the cafeteria menu with your kids to help them plan a balance meal
  • Join your child for school breakfast or lunch as you are always welcome.
  • Communicate and concerns or questions to the School Food Service Director

Our Motto – “School Meals, We Serve Education Everyday! “