You may have heard about the new requirements for school meals. The new requirements are great news for our students! The new requirements will help South Tama Schools build on the work we are already doing to provide more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and healthier entrees in our school cafeterias.
Some of the New Requirements include
Increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables
outh Tama Elementary School Lunch staff- (l-r) Hela Meek, Wendy Stull, Naomi Chyma, Laura Davis, Kristi Meyer, Peggy Backen and Judy Fuller.
Chronicle photos/John Speer
Reducing the sodium in meals over the next 10 years
Setting calorie limits for the first time
Increasing whole grains
Limiting the amount of meat/meat alternatives and grains
Students will now be required to have a fruit or vegetable on their tray for it to count as a full meal, Anything less than a full meal will be charged as Individual items.
Schools are now limited on how much meat/meat alternate and grains that can be offered. This means that some of the main dishes may not be as large as they have been in the past. Remember, though, there will be more fruits and vegetables available to fill out the meal and ensure students have plenty to eat!
We are facing some challenges to meet the new requirements on a tight budget, but our school nutrition program will work hard to make these healthy changes for our students and make each meal something our students will enjoy.
The school nutrition program needs the support of parents, staff, and community to succeed. Parents can support this effort by encouraging your child to give the healthier meals a try, joining your child for lunch and talk about the healthy options, or simply introducing your child to these healthy changes at home. You are your child's primary role model, when they see you choose healthy foods they are more likely to choose them as well.