Most people are unaware that we must follow Federal Dietary Guidelines for Americans as enforced by the USDA. We strive to offer our students a variety of healthy and appealing options every day. Additionally, all meals served are checked using nutrient analysis software to ensure that calorie counts, saturated fat, trans fat, and sodium guidelines are met.
School Breakfast ProgramBreakfast is often called the most important meal of the day and we encourage all of our students to dine with us free of charge each morning. Under the School Breakfast Program, all meals served must contain grain, fruit and milk. Meat, cheese, yogurt, or any protein items are not considered a meal component at breakfast. These items may only be substituted when our weekly grain requirement has been met. All grains served must be either whole grain or enriched, fruit must be whole fruit or 100% fruit juice, and 1% white or fat free flavored milk are served.
Currently, we offer 5 breakfast choices each day: assorted whole grain reduced sugar cereal, whole grain Pop Tarts formulated for schools, a whole grain mini muffin, and two other alternating daily choices. Fruit, juice and milk are available with each entrée. Students must select at least 3 food items, one of which must be a fruit (some entrées count as two items).
National School Lunch ProgramLunch is also provided to all students in our district free of charge. Under the National School Lunch Program, five food components must be offered daily: meat/meat alternates (such as cheese or yogurt), grains, vegetables, fruits and milk. Like breakfast, all grains served must be either whole grain or enriched and 1% white or fat free flavored milk are served. Students must select at least three of the five components, one of which must be a fruit or a vegetable. Students are not required to select an entrée and may instead select a fruit, 1-2 vegetables and a milk as a complete meal. This works wonderfully for those students that would like to supplement their lunch from home!
Remember: Since all complete meals are free of charge, be sure to remind your students to enjoy a nutritious and delicious Breakfast and Lunch every day!
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