The Taylor County School District Food Service program is dedicated to providing students with a high quality product and service which meets the nutritional guidelines of the National School Lunch Program while accommodating student preferences.
Changes in school lunch menus went into effect July 1, 2012 as a result of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. The Act is federal legislation aimed at fighting childhood obesity and childhood hunger, and ensures school-provided meals are healthy, well-balanced, and provide students all the nutrition they need to succeed at school. The Act includes the following key changes which will modify school menus as follows:
- Schools are now required to offer minimum quantities of both fruits and vegetables every day to help ensure children increase their intake of these healthy food choices. New lunch menus will also emphasize variety with a weekly requirement for different types of vegetables: dark green, red/orange, beans, starchy, and all other vegetables.
- One requirement is all grains offered must be 100% whole-grain rich.
- Daily and weekly ranges (minimum and maximum amounts) of grains and meat/meat alternate foods.
- Restrictions on milk products sold in school cafeteria – only fat-free or 1% milk is permitted. Flavored milk must be fat-free.
- Schools must adhere to a calorie range, as well as restrictions on trans-fat, saturated fat, and sodium.
Our district is participating in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) which means all students are provided breakfast and lunch at no cost to the students or their parents. However, middle school and high school students are able to purchase ala carte items at lunch which meet Smart Snack Standards.
Also, we expect food producers and processors will work diligently to develop new product offerings which are aligned with the new standards. Finally, if you would like additional information regarding the new healthy school menus, please visit http://www.schoolnutrition.org/or http://www.traytalk.org/, or you may call Benny Blue, Food Service Coordinator, at (850)838-2593.
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