Saturday, September 22, 2012

New nutrition standards

PdC Public provides both breakfast and lunch programs. For this year, there are new federal standards that must be followed. Our food service employees are working hard to comply with the new laws while continuing to put out a high quality product at a very low cost for families.

Click here to go to a previous blog which included a video on the changes:

Click here to go to DPI which details what nutritional services rules we must follow:

The following link is to a site that has even more detail:
see the "Meal Pattern Table" under "Nutrition Standards in the
National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs Final Rule"

An additional note from WASB on the subject:

School meal programs must meet tough new federal nutrition standards this year, aimed at ensuring that meals are healthy and well-balanced and provide students all the nutrition they need to succeed at school.

As in the past, school meals will continue to offer students milk, fruits and vegetables, proteins and grains, and they must meet strict limits on saturated fat and portion size. However, starting this year, school lunches at all grade levels must meet additional standards requiring:
  • Age-appropriate calorie limits
  • Larger servings of vegetables and fruits (students must take at least one serving of produce before they sit down with their tray)
  • A wider variety of vegetables, including dark green and red/orange vegetables and legumes
  • Fat-free or 1% milk (flavored milk must be fat-free)
  • More whole grains
  • Less sodium

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