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USDA to Relax School Meal Mandates

The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture has signed a proclamation to restore local control in school lunch programs in the whole grains, sodium, and milk guidelines.

Schools are finding that many kids throw these foods away. While the schools may be compliant with the menu, the reality is the food is wasted. There has also been a decrease in student participation in school lunches. This reduces revenue and increased costs.

Giving back local control allows states and schools  flexibility and more appealing meals for students.

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National School Lunch Week

school lunchSince 1962, a weeklong celebration of the school lunch program has existed called the National School Lunch Week (NSLW). School cafeterias use decorations, special menus, events and more to highlight the consumption of healthy and wholesome school lunches.

The NSLW 2016 theme is “Show Your Spirit” and will be held October 10-14, 2016. Here are some ways schools, kids, parents and grandparents  can get involved.

  • Thank the school lunch staff for all their hard work.
  • Kids, invite your parents to eat lunch with you! “National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day” is October 15.
  • Share events on Facebook and other social media outlets.
  • Have a coloring contest with the activity sheets from the NSLW website.

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Back to School!

Girl holding sandwichesSchools are busy welcoming kids back to the classroom! If you are packing them a lunch, keep these tips in mind:

  • Introduce children to a variety of whole-grain breads and rolls. Try an unassembled one they can eat in stages.
  • Veggies and dip are always a hit. Cut up carrots, cucumbers, broccoli, or cauliflower and pack with a small container of your child’s favorite low-fat dressing.
  • Include a favorite item along with new foods. This way if the child doesn’t care for the new item, he or she will still have the old favorite.
  • Keep foods safe. Use insulated bags with reusable ice packs to keep foods cool. Use a lunch box with rigid sides to keep foods from getting crushed.

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