This academic year is the first for new federal regulations under the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act aimed at promoting good nutrition in school food.
Schools can only provide 1 percent or skim milk. Whole grain-rich food must account for half of grain offerings and the amount of grain, meat and meat alternates are all limited. Students are still required to take three of the five available items daily, but one must be a fruit or vegetable and those are to be the largest components of students’ lunches.
“We’ve literally doubled the amount of fruit and vegetables going out the door,” said Suzy Ketelsen, food and nutrition manager for the Cedar Rapids Community School District.
What do you think of the updated school food guidelines?