Nutrition Services assure access to a variety of nutritious, affordable and appealing meals in school that accommodates the health and nutrition needs of all students. School nutrition programs reflect the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans and other criteria to meet the complete nutrition needs of students. Each schools nutrition program also offers a learning laboratory for classroom nutrition and health education that helps students develop skills and habits in selecting nutritionally appropriate foods, and serves as a resource and link with nutrition-related community services and educational programs. Qualified professionals such as experienced, knowledgeable school food supervisors and registered dieticians provide these services.
Today kids are offered healthy, tasty and appealing choices:
Fresh fruits & veggies
Pizza with whole wheat crust, low-fat cheese, lowsodium sauce
Whole grain pasta
Baked items rather than fried
Healthful cooking/preparation techniques
School meals are balanced and healthy. These meals must:
limit fat and saturated fat
provide one-third of the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) of protein, calcium, iron, and vitamins A and C
contain age-appropriate portion sizes
provide the right balance of protein, dairy, grains, fruits and vegetables.
School meals help students to do better in school.
Research has shown that students who eat school meals perform their best academically.
Students who eat a school breakfast have greater gains in standardized test scores and show improvement in math, reading and vocabulary scores.
Healthy eating correlates with less trips to the school nurse and less absenteeism.
Providing nutritious school breakfast on testing days leads to improved test scores.