USDA Child Nutrition Updates

 What’s New with School Meals?

Proper nutrition is crucial to your child’s academic success. School breakfast and lunches provide the right mix of fruits, vegetables, dairy and whole grains allowing them to perform at their best.Over the past three years you have seen changes being made to school meals. These changes have been based on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and focus on improving the health of our children. The next phase of these changes will be implemented this school year.

 Changes for 2017-2018:

  • A minimum ½ cup fruit or vegetable must be taken at breakfast and lunch
  •  Continued low target for the amount of salt (sodium) in meals.
  •  100% of grains offered will be whole grain rich.
  •  New regulations on snacks and beverages offered in schools will continue be implemented. 

School Meals will Continue to Offer: 

  • Calories and portion sizes to meet requirements based on child’s age
  • Reduced saturated fat and zero grams of trans fat per meal. 
  • A variety of fruits and vegetables highlighting dark green, vibrant red/orange vegetables and legumes/beans
  • Limited added sugars in all meals.

 How to get involved:

  • Review what is available for school meals and talk with your student about what they will eat
  • Encourage your student to try new foods at home and school.
  • Encourage your child to limit screen time and accumulate 60 minutes of physical activity daily.
  • Learn more about nutrition and balanced meals online