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Changes in School Menus

I heard that changes are being made to school menus. What should I know?
Changes in School Menus

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Yes, school menus are changing to make them more healthful, and most schools have begun implementing those changes. For example, half of all grains on the menu must be rich in whole grains. A wider range of vegetables will be offered. Students will be required to have ½ cup of fruit or vegetables on their tray for it to count as a full meal. The amount of food offered will be based on three different age groups.

In time, overall menus will be lower in sodium. Encourage the children you know to try new foods at school and at home.  Consider joining your child for a meal at school. Be sure to check in with your child’s school for more information.

Julie Garden-Robinson, Food and Nutrition Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Featured in Food Wise September 2012 newsletter (PDF).

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