Category: Café Information
In these economic times, it pays to save money. Having your children eat in their school cafeteria is one way to save money plus you know your children will get a well-balanced, healthy meal. Every school lunch will meet additional standards requiring:
- Age-appropriate calorie limits
- Larger servings of vegetables and fruits (students must take at least one serving of produce)
- A wider variety of vegetables, including dark green and red/orange vegetables and legumes
- Fat-free or 1% milk (flavored milk must be fat-free)
- More whole grains
- And less sodium
Healthy Meals Feed Eager Minds!
- Meals must meet a calorie range depending on your child’s age.
- No more than 30% of calories can come from fat and less than 10% from saturated fat.
- Foods offered have 0 grams of trans-fats.
- School lunches provide one-third of the Recommended Dietary Allowances of protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, iron, calcium, and calories over the course of one week of menus.
- Students who eat school lunches consume less calories from fat than students who bring lunch from home.
- Compared to lunches from home, school lunches contain:
- Three times as many dairy products
- Twice as much fruit
- Seven times the vegetable amounts
- National School Lunch Program (NSLP) participants have substantially lower intakes of added sugars than do non-participants.