About School Meals
School meals are healthy meals that are required to meet the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. To receive federal reimbursements, school meal programs must offer “reimbursable” meals that meet strict federal nutrition standards. These standards, also referred to as “the meal pattern,” require schools to offer students the right balance of fruits, vegetables, low-fat or fat-free milk, whole grains and lean protein with every meal. Click here to view meal prices for 2016-2017.
Updated School Meal Standards
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA) required the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to update these nutrition standards for the first time in 15 years. The new regulations, effective beginning in 2012, require cafeterias to offer more fruit, vegetables and whole grains and limit sodium, calories and unhealthy fat in every school meal. Click here
for details on school lunch and breakfast standards.
New Snack Standards
To ensure all foods and beverages sold in school during the school day are healthy choices, HHFKA also required USDA to create nutrition standards for foods and beverages sold in competition to reimbursable meals. These “competitive foods” are sold in vending machines, snack bars and a la carte lines. In June 2013, USDA issued the “Smart Snacks in School” interim final rule
establishing these standards, which took effect July 1, 2014. Click here
for details on the competitive foods rule.
Community Eligibility Provision
We are pleased to inform you that Carden Park, Coleman, Edison, Hosea, Humboldt, Lake Contrary, Lindbergh, Mark Twain, Parkway, Pickett, Robidoux, Spring Garden, Truman, and Webster schools will be implementing a new option available to schools participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs called Community Eligibility Provision (CEP).
Schools that participate in CEP are able to provide healthy breakfasts and lunches each day at NO charge for ALL students. Applications for free and reduced price meals will not be collected for students attending these schools, but if siblings at Non-CEP schools are in the household an application will have to be submitted for them.
There will still be a charge for milk or juice purchased with a lunch from home or for items that are a la carte. Adults must still pay for breakfast, lunch or other purchases. The CEP program is currently only at these 14 schools. If a student transfers to another school not in the program then they must either pay for meals or fill out a Free/Reduced form.
Health, Wellness & Academic Achievement
In 2010, the CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH), released a report, entitled “The Association Between School-Based Physical Activity, Including Physical Education, and Academic Performance”. The report indicated that school-based physical activity may help improve students’ grades and test scores and positively affect other factors that influence academic achievement. The report also concluded that adding time during the school day for physical activity does not appear to take away from academic performance. Click here
to view the full CDC report.