Cafeterias Fill With Healthier, More Nutritious Foods

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.