Healthy And Desirable

Schools Strive To Meet Standards, Entice Students

Posted: February 24, 2013 at 4:59 a.m.
Updated: February 24, 2013 at 4:52 a.m.

Daisy Melendez eats an apple Thursday as part of her breakfast in Kelli Wineman’s second-grade class at Bayyari Elementary School in Springdale. The school is one of five in the Springdale School District participating in the Breakfast in the Classroom program sponsored by the Walmart Foundation.

Mitch Marshall swears his lunch consists of more than just a big bag of Doritos.

At A Glance (w/logo)

School Meal Program Requirements

• Fruit, Vegetables: 3⁄4-1 cup of vegetables plus 1⁄2-1 cup of fruit per day

• Meat/Meat Alternate: Grades K-5: 1 onces daily (8-10 ounces weekly), Grades 6-8: 1 ounces daily (9-10 ounces weekly), Grades 9-12: 2 ounces daily (10-12 ounces weekly)

• Grains: 1 serving per day; Grades K-8 get 1 ounces daily; Grades 9-12 get 2 ounces daily

• Whole Grains: At least half of the grains must be whole grain-rich. Beginning July 2014, all grains must be whole grain.

• Milk: 1 cup. Variety of fat contents allowed; flavor not restricted.

• Sodium: Reduce, no set targets until 2014-15 school year, then, lunch must drop to 1,230 milligrams for K-5; 1,360 milligrams for 6-8; 1,420 milligrams for 9-12

• Saturated Fat: Zero grams per serving

Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture

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