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