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NOTICE: NEW SCHOOL MEAL REQUIREMENTS
You may have heard that there will be new requirements for school meals. Most of the new rules will begin for the school year 2012-2013. We hope that the changes that we are making to meet these new requirements will be subtle enough to be handled well by your students. Our head cook, Jeff Wolff, has joined us and is leading us into this new adventure.
- Students will now be required to have 1/2 cup of fruit or vegetables on their tray for it to count as a full meal. Please tell your student about this to avoid any embarrassment in the lunch line, as they will be sent back until they have met the requirement. We plan to offer a variety of fruits and vegetables on the salad bar to give the students more selections.
- The amount of food and calories offered at each meal will be based on three different age groups; grades K-5, 6-8, and 9-12. You'll see that on the menus, many of our items are the same, but portion sizes and recipes will be designed to meet the specific age groups.
- We need to offer 1/2 cup of fruit to grades K-8 and 1 cup of fruit to grades 9-12.
- We need to offer 3/4 cup of vegetables to grades K-8 and 1 cup of vegetables to grades 9-12.
- We are now limited as to how much meat/meat alternative (cheese, yogurt, peanut butter) and grains we can offer. Previously, we only had a minimum to meet, but could offer more. Now, we have to stay within the specified ranges for each age group. This means main entrees may not be as large as they have been. Remember, though, that there are more fruits and vegetables available than before. We can offer extra meat and bread if we consider it a la carte. Typically a la carte items would need to be charged to all students. At the beginning of this school year, Shiloh will cover the costs of these items and keep track of consumption. This may be changed at a later date. Notice will be sent to all families as they may each (including free and reduced lunch students) be charged for any second helpings, etc when if that decision is made.
- Half of all grains offered must be whole grain rich.
- We must offer vegetables from the following groups each week: dark green, orange/red, beans, starchy, and other vegetables. We'll meet this requirement by serving fresh veggies on the salad bar, switching all lettuce to romaine, and offering beans, legumes.
- Schools have until 2014-2015 to meet the first level of sodium limits. While this might appear to be quite a challenge, we expect it not to be a problem as food manufacturers have been gradually lowering the sodium in their foods already.
How You Can Help:
- Encourage your children to try new things at home and school.
- Join your child for lunch.
- If you have questions, please feel free to contact us. We hope to make your child's lunch experience a good one!