No longer weekly maximums on proteins and grains
for school lunch
The USDA announced on Jan. 6 that the
regulations regarding protein (meat) and grain units allowed in
school lunches have been changed.
There are no longer weekly maximums set for
the number of units of proteins and grains that can be served. This
move comes in response to school officials across the country,
especially at the upper grade levels, expressing concern that the
meal restrictions were causing students to come away from lunch
“We are pleased that the USDA has been
responsive in making these adjustments,” Fort Plain food service
director Lauri Broady said. “Students will benefit from more options
and will still be coming away with a healthy, well-balanced meal
that they also enjoy eating.”
The regulation change will allow school menu
planners more flexibility in selecting the products and sizes that
they feel best meet the needs of children in all age categories. All
other school meal regulations enacted under the Healthy &
Hunger-Free Schools Act are remaining in place – including strict
calorie limits, vegetable sub groups, serving sizes, whole grains,
daily fruit offerings, and fat/saturated fat restrictions.
The USDA is confident that this change in the
protein and grain categories will allow schools to better serve
nutritious, quality, and satisfying meals that students will enjoy.
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