New Nutrition Guidelines for School Lunches

Does your child’s lunch tray look a little different this year? That’s because new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines are now in place to help students make even healthier food choices in the school cafeteria.

Now it’s easier than ever to get a well-balanced, nutritious lunch at school. With a combination of new portion sizes and new menu offerings, we’re setting the table for healthier meals with an abundant harvest of fruits and vegetables.

Highlights of the new USDA nutrition standards include:

• More fruits and vegetables – your child is allowed to take as much as they like while going through the lunch line

• Meals with fewer calories, less fat and less sodium

• Leaner proteins, with more meat-free alternatives

• Right-sized portions of more satisfying foods

 If you have questions regarding the new guidelines, please contact the Food Service Department at 920-391-2565.

Want more information on the new USDA regulations? Check out these links:

http://www.choosemyplate.gov/

http://www.nfsmi.org/ResourceOverview.aspx?ID=425

http://education.state.mn.us/mdeprod/groups/educ/documents/basic/043833.pdf

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