The purpose of this policy is to develop healthy learners through a school environment that promotes and protects students’ health, well-being and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity.
A. DAILY SCHOOL MEAL SERVICE
- The school will provide healthy and safe school breakfast and lunch programs that comply with all federal, state, and local statues and regulations.
- The school will accommodate the changing special nutrition needs of students and the cultural, ethnic, and religious diversity of our community.
- Budget constraints will not take precedence over the nutritional needs of students.
- Sufficient time will be allotted for breakfast and lunch periods to allow students to complete their meals.
- Meals served through the National School Lunch and Breakfast program will:
- Offer a variety of fruits and vegetables, with an emphasis on including a variety of fruits and vegetables on the monthly menu.
- Serve primarily low fat (1%) and fat free milk.
- Offer lactose reduced milk when requested by student and/or parent/guardian.
- Work towards ensuring that at least half of served gains are whole grains.
- Exclude deep fried foods and strive to replace higher fat items with lower fat alternatives as appropriate.
- Be served in portion sizes that meet National School Lunch Program and Breakfast Program requirements.
- Meet current USDA nutrition requirements.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
B. NUTRITIONAL GUIDELINES FOR OTHER FOODS AVAILABLE DURING THE SCHOOL DAY
- Consideration will be given to both healthy alternatives and portion control when food is provided outside of the regular meal programs. Such foods will be prepackaged or prepared on-site using appropriate school kitchen facilities.
- Snacks served after school will make a positive contribution to children’s diets and health. The school will work towards serving whole grains, fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy as the primary snack items.
- Any vending or sales of food by the school must include healthy choices.
- School personnel may not withhold foods or beverages as punishment.
C. NUTRITION EDUCATION
- The school will provide nutrition education as a part of comprehensive program designed to provide students will the knowledge and skills necessary to promote and protect their health for a lifetime.
- The school will promote students’ self-awareness and provide sufficient information to enable students to make healthier choices.
- This program will be linked with school meal programs and other nutrition-related community services.