School meals are required to meet the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines for the child nutrition programs. These programs include the national school lunch program (NSLP), the School breakfast program (SBP), and the afterschool snack or dinner program. Information about each of these programs can be found at http://www.fns.usda.gov/.
The meal guidelines for the child nutrition program are consistent with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans focus on balancing calories with physical activity, and encourage Americans to consume more healthy foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fat-free and low-fat dairy products, and seafood, and to consume less sodium, saturated and trans fats, added sugars, and refined grains. For more information on the dietary guidelines please visit http://www.cnpp.usda.gov/default.htm.
Students in our schools can expect to see a variety of food choices that include whole grains, fruit and vegetables and nonfat and low-fat milk every day. If you child is in need of a special diet, please take the following steps:
- Contact your school nurse
- Schedule a meeting with the school nurse and the food service manager
- Make sure you have a written note from the physician indicating the disability or food intolerance, what foods need to be avoided and what foods should be substituted.