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Food & Nutrition is very important to Scottsbluff Public Schools. We strive to serve our students the best food possible. This year, we will be making some healthy changes to our breakfast and lunch menus to include more fresh fruits and vegetables, serving more products with whole grains and not utilizing breaded meat food products.
In addition to serving our students healthy food, we will continue out Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program at Lincoln Heights, Longfellow and Roosevelt Elementary. Students at the participating schools will not only be given fresh fruits and vegetables but they will also be learning about the importance of fresh fruits and vegetables through educational theme programs. The programs will be offered to K-5th grades beginning in September and ending in April. Students can expect to get fresh fruits and vegetables twice a week in their classrooms.
Meal Changes Due to New Federal Guidelines
Your child’s school day just got healthier! School lunches now include more fruits, vegetables, and whole grain-rich foods; only fat-free or low-fat milk; “right-size” meals with portions designed for a child’s age; and less saturated fat, trans fat and sodium. The changes in school meals, the first in 15 years, are based on the latest nutritional guidelines.
Here are some important facts about the new school meals:
· The new school lunch provides 1/3 of the average daily calorie needs for kids by age.
· Some highly active students, like athletes, may need more calories. Some schools may offer second helpings of fruits and vegetables. A second carton of milk may also be an option. Schools can also operate after-school snack and supper programs. Students and/or sports teams can also bring food from home.
· In practice, many students are being served the same amounts of protein as before under the new standards.
Your child can learn good habits for life by making healthy food choices and getting proper exercise now. This year is a transition year as schools implement these new standards and work together with parents, to ensure that every child, in every community across America, has access to healthy and nutritious meals. Encourage them to try new foods and eat the healthy food offered. Reinforce healthy eating by offering similar new foods at home.
Keep updated on the changes at www.fns.usda.gov/healthierschoolday.
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School meals can be prepaid online. Parents can monitor their child/childrens account and make sure they always have their meals paid for. If you would like more information, you can sign into your account with the link above or on our homepage.