What's for lunch?
There’s no doubt things are changing in school cafeterias. New, fresh choices are here to stay. In December 2010, congress passed the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act to ensure that children are served the healthiest meals possible through the many child nutrition programs.
This includes breakfast and lunch meals served in schools through the National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs. The act is the largest change in the regulations governing the school meal program in over 50 years. While positive changes have been occurring for many years, this act increases the amount of fruits and vegetables being served, ensures that only 1% and fat-free milks are served, specifies a range of calories appropriate for a school meal, among many other changes. So, what changes will you and your student see this year?
- New for this school year, elementary students will have the choice of two hot main entrees instead of one. Additional entrée items such as a bean and cheese burrito, turkey sandwich and yogurt with granola will be offered on select days. Please see menu for details.
- The middle and high school cafeterias will be organized similar to a food court where each serving line will offer different items. The lines will be called Chef’s Choice, the Bistro, and Café Italiano. See your student menu for more details.
- You will see a variety of new main entrée items. Homemade Lasagna, Chicken Noodle Soup, a Goldfish Grilled Cheese with Tomato Soup, Veggie Flatbread Sandwich and Chicken Alfredo Bake are just a few of the new items on the menu.
Fruits and Vegetables:
- To encourage increased consumption of fruits and veggies, students will be required to take at least one serving of fruits and vegetables at lunch to make a reimbursable meal. This is not required at breakfast.
- The current Dietary Guidelines for Americans specify vegetable subgroups to highlight the different nutrients that each color of vegetables provides. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act ensures that students are offered each of these subgroups each week. You will see two vegetables on the menu each day. These two veggies will be offered on the day they are menu’d in addition to a variety of other fruits and veggies that will be chosen by the kitchen manager.
School menus also have a new format. In an effort to increase efficiency and go green, printed monthly menus are no longer necessary. A menu cycle is now determined at the beginning of each school year and used for the entire year. At elementary schools, a three week cycle is established for lunch and a two week cycle for breakfast at the beginning of the school year. At middle and high school there is a two week cycle created for both lunch and breakfast. Menu's can be printed at the beginning of the school year and used all year.
To learn more and visit the virtual cafe visit the CCSD Cafe