Visit the USDA School Meal Homepage for more information on Nutrition Standards for School Meals
The USDA has released the rule that changes the nutrition standards for meals served through the NSLP and SBP. These update the nutrition standards created in 1995 based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and will phase in over the next couple of years. Changes will begin with the 2012-2013 school year, however, as we strive to constantly improve the nutritionally well balanced meals the students eat, you may see these changes earlier than required.
They include the following:
- Fruit: At breakfast students are offered 1 cup for each grade. At lunch 1 cup per day is offered for grades 9-12.
- Vegetables: Grades K-8 would offer ¾ cup and 9-12 would offer 1 cup per day. These include more dark green leafy and orange vegetables in addition to more legumes.
- Grains: Half the grains offered will be whole grain rich.
- Milk: Students are offered 1% milk and skim unflavored and flavored milks.
- Meat or Meat Alternatives: At lunch students will be offered 2 oz. on most days, with local flexibility for higher grades.
- Other changes include banning trans fats (unless naturally occurring), calorie minimum and maximum requirements, and reducing sodium
Nutrition Services is already on the forefront of this movement! We currently offer a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, such as watermelon, canned fruit in light syrup or its own juice, fresh vegetables and salads, and baked sweet potato fries.
We have been adding whole grain items to our menus for the past several years. Many of the breaded items are now made with whole grains as is our pizza and tortilla shells. We also have been working on a pilot which will incorporate Alaska grown and processed barley flour into the buns served at the elementary schools.
The milk served in our schools is all non-fat and the chocolate milk contains 12% less sugar than before!!
We utilize nutrient analysis software to review our school menus to ensure they meet the nutrition and calorie standards for each grade level.
Manufacturers are well aware of the new rule so we expect to see creation of low sodium, low fat, whole grain products for our schools.
Please encourage your children to try our new menu items next year, such as our corn and black bean salad and BBQ chicken with black beans & rice. Change can be challenging, but change can be good!
USDA Proposes Standards to Provide Healthy Food Options in Schools
USDA 's proposal regarding competitive foods can be found here http://content.govdelivery.com/bulletins/gd/USDAOC-6a1e31.
Rule for Foods Sold in School
Download this file for the proposed rule 7 CRF Parts 210 and 220. 02/08/2013.
Check out the USDA your source for information!
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Healthy Meals Resource System web site has extensive information and resources on child nutrition, including menu planning, nutrition education, food service, food safety, Healthier School Challenge Resources, reports, studies and more! Check out the links posted below!
- National School Lunch Program History
- USDA Food & Nutrition Fighting Hunger & Improving the Health of our Families & Children
- Government Information on Food & Nutrition for Consumers
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Nutrition Services Center1305 Charles StreetFairbanks AK 99701Deborah L. Krier
Administrative Secretary (9/10 month)
Nutrition Services Supervisor
Helena L. Schreder
Assistant Director of Nutrition Services
Amy C. Rouse
Director of Nutrition Services
Deborah J. Marcos
Secretary (9/10 month)