Increase In Fruits and Vegetables
We will offer a large variety of nutrient-dense vegetables, including dark green, orange, starchy vegetables and legumes. Students will now be required to take 1/2 cup of fruit or vegetable for their meal to be considered a full meal. Colorful fruits and vegetables provide essential vitamins and minerals important for growth and development during childhood.
Grains and Proteins
Menus will offer specific amounts of whole grains and proteins to comply with requirements and provide age-appropriate, nutritionally-adequate meals. The majority of the grains will be derived from whole grain sources (we already offered whole grains on menus such as whole grain bread, whole grain pizza crust, rice, pastas, etc., so this will be a minor transition).
We have switched to a few lower sodium products already and will continue to work with food manufacturers to lower sodium in products. Additionally, our recipes will be modified to use non-salt seasonings and fresh ingredients where applicable.
Unhealthy fats such as saturated and trans fat can lead to heart disease and high cholesterol, as well as other chronic diseases. Regulations require us to be under established limits as well as serving products that contain zero grams of trans fat per serving.
Menus by Age Groups
New grade groups for menu planning will be aimed at ensuring students receive age-appropriate portions and nutrients. Elementary, Middle and High School students have different calorie needs so serving sizes of entrees will reflect these needs.
Meal Price Increase for 2012-2013
New regulations require that we increase meal prices until we match rates of federal reimbursement.
2012/13 Meal Prices
$1.90 Elementary Lunch $0.35 Elementary Breakfast
$2.10 Middle School $0.85 Middle School Breakfast
$2.10 High School Lunch $1.00 High School Breakfast
$2.60 Adult/ Non-Reimbursable Lunch $1.65 Adult breakfast
*Those qualifying for free/reduced lunch receive lunch and breakfast at no cost.
Any student who refuses to take the required fruit or vegetable will be charged the non-reimbursable/adult meal price of $2.60 (instead of regular student meal price). The additional cost covers the difference in federal reimbursement the district would have received if they had taken a reimbursable meal.
We are dedicated to providing quality nutritious meals that students will enjoy and choose to eat. We hope you will encourage your students to try new fruits and vegetables. Feel free to join us for a meal at school to see the changes for yourself. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Susan Lang 715-726-2790 or Diane Rasmussen 715-726-2406 ext 1151.