New School Lunches Heavy on Veggies

New School Lunches Heavy on Veggies

Last week, Sheridan Media reported about new federal regulations regarding the public school lunch program.

At least one district in the county is concerned the new regulations may leave some students in an energy deficit, especially if they rely on reduced or free school meals as a main food source. Tamra Jackson, nutrition program supervisor for the Wyoming Department of Education.

It's assumed that kids who have the cash might defer to the a la carte items if they're not intrigued by soybeans and tofu. However, students with limited finances will be making a lot of trips to the salad bar. Jackson said there's no upper limit on how many extra fruits and vegetables kids can take, and the new school food program mandates that a wider variety of produce be available each week.

She added the new regulations allow students more leeway in choosing their lunch items, which could potentially avoid food being thrown away.

The federal government does sponsor an after-school care program, which schools can start if necessary, and other organizations are welcome to start nutritional programs.

The Health Nut
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