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School Meal Requirements

You may have heard that there are new requirements for school meals. USDA has updated nutrition standards for school meals. The new guidelines draw on the latest nutrition science and take into account the health risks facing children today, including the childhood obesity epidemic and related illnesses such as hypertension and diabetes.  The new requirements will help the St. Ansgar Community School build on the work we are already doing to provide more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthier entrees in our school cafeterias.

Some of the Requirements Include:

*Increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables      

*Reducing the sodium in meals                  

*Monitoring calorie limits                             

*Increasing whole grains                             

*Minimizing trans fat                                        

*Limiting the amount of meat/meat alternatives and grains

Students will now be required to have fruits and vegetables on their tray for it to count as a full meal.  We plan to offer a variety of fruits and vegetables daily to give students more options in the hopes that choosing fruits and vegetables will be easy.

Schools are now limited on how much meat/meat alternate and grains that can be offered.  This means that some of the main dishes may not be as large as they have been in the past.  Remember, though, there will be more fruits and vegetables available, to fill out the meal and ensure students have plenty to eat.

We may face some challenges to meet the new requirements, but our school nutrition program will work hard to make these healthy changes for our students and make each meal something our students will enjoy.  The school nutrition program needs the support of everyone to succeed.  Parents and staff can support this effort by encouraging students to give the healthier meals a try and talk about the healthy options.   St. Ansgar Community School appreciates your continued support.  For more information, please visit the following website:  

Iowa Department of Education