The FNSBSD Nutrition Services utilizes Nutrient Standard Menu Planning (NSMP) to plan breakfasts and lunches that allows our district to meet the School Meals Initiative for Healthy Children (SMI) which requires compliance with the recommendations from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans for fat and saturated fat. NSMP requires that school meals meet a specific nutrient standard for key nutrients based on one-third of the Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA) for lunch and one-fourth of the RDA for breakfast. Under NSMP, school menus are evaluated using a nutrient analysis of all foods offered during the school week.
NSMP objective is to plan menus that meet the nutrition goals when averaged over a school week for:
- Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA) for key nutrients
- Dietary Guidelines
Before USDA approval, software programs undergo extensive testing and evaluation that must meet strict requirements. Nutrition Services utilizes USDA approved vendor Primero Menu Planning, by Cybersoft Technologies. See Cybersoft for further vendor information.
Nutrient analysis software approved by USDA allows schools to:
- Utilize new technology
- Conduct an accurate nutrient analysis of recipes and menus
- Allow flexibility and variety in menu planning
- Establish age/grade specific RDAs
- Measure compliance with the required nutrient standards for all of the menu options
- Plan menus for a week or longer in cycle format and a calendar
- Weight the nutrient analysis based on production forecasts
- Provide a nutrient source search
- Enter local recipes and processed foods
- Convert nutrient data labels from DRV to nutrients per 100 grams
- Produce a production record
The FNSBSD Nutrition Services offers a three-week cycle menu for elementary and secondary schools.