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New USDA Regulations Require Schools to Serve Healthier Low-Calorie Meals
Hartford students are now being served a different lunch than in prior years.
The USDA has developed new regulations for all school meals making them healthier and lower in calories.
District Food Service Staff members have been busy fine-tuning our lunches to meet the new federal guidelines.
The Let’s Move! was established by First Lady Michelle Obama and was also a key influence in the passing of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, (many provisions of which began in the 2012 school year.). The purpose is to expose and offer students healthy foods that have beneficial properties to help in the healthy function of our bodies. K-5 grade target calorie goal is 550-650 per lunch, 6-8 grade target calorie goal is 600-700 per lunch, and the 9-12 grade target calorie goal is 750-850. All lunches a required to have less than 10 grams of saturated fat. The week must include servings of five varieties of vegetables broken down into 4 categories; dark green, red/orange, beans/peas, starchy and all other vegetables not included in the prior categories.
View a Sample Menu - Before & After the new standards.
We understand this will be a challenge for all students. Please encourage them to explore new foods.
Their good health is in all of our best interests.
If you have any questions, please contact Food Service Director Angela Glover at 621-7246 email@example.com
'Bet you didn't know...
The federally assisted National School Lunch Program was first enacted
under the National School Lunch Act, signed by President Harry Truman in 1946.
'Good thing Truman was elected or we might all be "brown bagging"!
Applications for Free and Reduced Lunch Program (FRLP) are available at the students school or can be submitted online via the Student Food Service Account web portal.