Students are receiving healthier and more nutritious food choices in the school cafeterias this year.
The new standards are listed in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 which addresses combating child hunger and obesity and improving a child’s health and nutrition.
The directors of food services at all of the area schools are phasing in these standards over a three-year period. Students will be offered fruits and vegetables every day, and whole grain-rich foods and low-fat or fat-free milk varieties. Proper portion sizes will be given and there will be a focus on reducing the amounts of saturated fat, trans fats and sodium.
The healthier school meals are a key component of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which was led by First Lady Michelle Obama as part of her “Let’s Move” campaign.