Federal Nutrition Requirements in Effect for School Districts
Effective July 1, 2012, federal requirements went into place establishing new nutrition standards for school meals. The new nutrition standards are based on scientific research and are consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
The new nutrition standards require offering more whole grains and a greater variety of fruits and vegetables to school meals. The Commonwealth schools have been transitioning to whole grains, and more fruits and vegetables over the last several years.
The Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act requires the following changes to the National School Lunch Program:
- A fruit or vegetable must be taken to count as a reimbursable meal (students offered 5 items, must take 3 and 1 has to be a fruit or vegetable.
- Fat free flavored, white, or 1% white milk will be offered daily.
- Salad must include leafy green like romaine or spinach. More beans will be offered.
- Portions sizes will be adjusted to meet calorie and bread requirements.
- There will be more whole grain offerings.
- Lunch prices increased due to the “meal price equity” law.
Applications for free/reduced lunch may be found online at www.compass.state.pa.us or a form may be downloaded from the WASD web site.
If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact: Brenda Zeiler, RD Food Service Director, at 226‑4557 ex 3011.