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Healthy Hungry Free Kids Act

The Food Service Department has been very active in preparing for the 2012-2013 school year. Nutritional healthy meals play an important role in the education of our students. Studies have proven children learn better with a nutritious meal in their system than those that are less fortunate. We would like to introduce the Healthy Hungry Free Kids Act (HHFKA) passed as a law by congress. Students and parents can expect many benefits from healthier and more nutritious food in school.

New in these regulations are also maximums in the amount of protein, breads and calories served on a daily and weekly basis. Due to these requirements we will have to modify our Salad Bars to Fruit and Vegetable Bars.

We have already introduced the use of whole grains in our bread and bun products. We are adding whole grain enriched cereals and cereal bars. Some of the additional changes that will take place within our meal program, but not limited to:

  • Increasing the portion sizes of fruits and vegetables
  • Increasing the variety of vegetables to include more dark green and orange vegetables and legumes
  • Fat free flavored and unflavored milk
  • Unflavored low fat milk
  • Reduced sodium content in food choices

We have developed signage that will be posted to assist the students with their daily meal choices.

As you can see, we are in the midst of continuing change. The assurance we give you is that we will continue to be in the forefront in regard to providing a quality, nutritious meal to students at the best price possible.

To learn more about the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010, please visit:

http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/governance/legislation/cnr_2010.htm

 

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