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What's New in School Lunches!

Did you know that school meals are balanced & healthy. Lunches that are part of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) must meet the following nutrition guidelines:

  • Limit fat and saturated fat in meals
  • Provide one-third of the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) of protein, calcium, iron, and vitamins A and C
  • NSLP lunches meet US dietary guidelines
  • NSLP lunches are served in age appropriate portion sizes and provide the right balance of protein, dairy, whole grains, fruits and vegetables.

School Meals also help kids maintain a healthy weight!

  • NSLP participants are more likely than non-participants to consume vegetables, milk and milk products, and meat and other protein-rich foods, both at lunch and over 24 hours; they also consume less soda and/or fruit drinks. (Source: USDA)
  • This benefit is especially relevant for kids and their parents in today’s climate of heightened awareness of obesity issue.
  • Students are less likely to gain weight during the school year when in school then during the summer when school is out.

School Meals help students to do better in school!

  • Research has shown that students who eat school meals perform their best academically.
  • Healthy eating correlates with less trips to the school nurse and less absenteeism.

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