Healthy Meals at School

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The federal government has enacted the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kid's Act of 2010. This legislation makes adjustments to nutritional requirements for the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program. In 2012 these changes went into effect. 

Some of the changes included:

  • Wider assortment of fresh vegetables and fruits
  • More whole grains 
  • Leaner protein
  • Reduced sodium
  • More servings of beans & legumes
  • More dark green leafy vegetables and orange & yellow vegetables
  • Reduced saturated fat
  • Caloric limits based on K-5, 6-8, and 9-12 grade ranges

We use the same brand name food that you purchase for your students at home, like Tyson, Kellogg's, Land-O-Lakes, Jennie-O, General Mills, Pillsbury and more. We try to make our menus reflect the taste of the students. Your student may see their favorites; like chicken nuggets, pizza and macaroni and cheese. But as a parent, you can feel good knowing these items are healthier than the versions they might be used to.

Each school meal is made up of 5 components: Fruit, vegetable, meat/meat alternate, grain and milk.  Students may take all 5 or they may decline 1-2 meal components, however 1 fruit or vegetable must be selected to be considered a lunch. For example they select a piece of pizza. Pizza contains 2 components (meat & grain). To qualify for a meal the student would have to then choose at least 1 fruit or vegetable. So for this example the student chose an apple and then qualified for the meal price. To qualify for free and reduced meals a meal must be purchased with at least 3 of the components, with one of those begin a fruit or vegetable. All a la carte items, such as bottled water, chips, cookies and a second entree, are not covered under the free & reduced meal program and must be paid for by the parent or student. 

We do offer a la carte items in many of our schools. These items adhere to the Smart Snacks legislation that went into effect in 2014. This regulation sets guidelines for sodium, sugar, saturated fat, and serving sizes to make sure they are appropriate for school age children and teens. For a list of items please contact the food and nutrition office. 

Parents, we're in this together
Please talk to your child about nutrition and encourage them to select and eat a variety of foods each day. Healthy habits are learned and last a lifetime. Please contact the Food Service office with questions or concerns 586-797-1180.

Thank you for your business.

For information, please feel free to e-mail us at foodservice@uticak12.org.

Other resources available:

https://www.fns.usda.gov/school-meals/child-nutrition-programs

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, and reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)

 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible State or local Agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600(voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information is available in languages other than English.

 

To file a complaint alleging discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

 

mail:

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

 

fax:

(202) 690-7442; or

 

email:

>program.intake@usda.gov

 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider