Good to see our First Lady, Michelle Obama and Agricultural Secretary, Tom Vilsack working together to improve the quality of our elementary school meals that over 32 million of our children partake in every year. The USDA just released the plan to make our school lunches healthier. The major changes are in the following categories.
- Ensuring students are offered both fruits and vegetables every day of the week;
- Substantially increasing offerings of whole grain-rich foods;
- Offering only fat-free or low-fat milk varieties;
- Limiting calories based on the age of children being served to ensure proper portion size; and
- Increasing the focus on reducing the amounts of saturated fat, trans fats and sodium.
It’s noteworthy that this modification to the Healthy Hunger Free Kid Act of 2010 would create the first major increase in federal funding of 6 cents per meal, the first real change in 30 years. Public feedback was heavily taken into consideration as the USDA gathered over 132,000 public comments while creating the new guidelines.
Want to see what the the changes look like in real life? Check out this before and after sample school lunch calendar. healthy school lunches