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Springport Public Schools

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Springport School Lunch Program
 
I want to provide you with information regarding our school lunch program. It is called a National School Lunch Program because we are provided funding for our food service program through the Federal Government. The National School Lunch Program is a federal assisted meal program operating in public schools. This program is responsible to provide nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day.
 
School meals are healthy meals that are required to meet science-based, federal nutrition standards limiting saturated fat and portion size and requiring schools to offer the right balance of fruits, vegetables, milk, grains and proteins with every meal. USDA built the new rule around recommendations from a panel of experts convened by the Institute of Medicine. We are required to meet these guidelines in order to receive the funding to provide these meals.
 
   --   In January 2012, First Lady Michelle Obama announced new school meal nutrition standards that went into effect in July 2012.
 
Under these standards:
 
o No more than 10 percent of calories can come from saturated fat and schools must eliminate added trans-fat.
o School meals must meet strict calorie limits. In the past, there were only minimum requirements and now we must
monitor lunches to not exceed the maximum allowed.
o Schools must gradually reduce sodium levels in school meals.
o Cafeterias must offer larger servings of vegetables and fruit with every school lunch, and children must be served at least
one serving.
o Schools must offer a wide variety of vegetables, including at least a weekly serving of dark green and red/orange
vegetables and beans.
o Milk must be fat-free or 1% (flavored milk must be fat-free).
o Within two years, all grains offered must be whole-grain rich.
o Healthy and fresh foods are more expensive but provide a more nutritious meal for our students.
 
Here is an example of some of the delicious and healthy lunches prepared for your children at Springport
Schools.
 
    Sliced Turkey Breast                                       Chicken Fajita                                         Macaroni and Cheese
                Or                                                                                Or                                                                     Or
   Chicken Tenders                                                    Soft Shell Taco                                         Crispy Chicken Leg
   Mashed Potatoes with Gravy                          Refried Beans                              Steamed Rivera Blend Vegetables
   Steamed Broccoli                                                 Orange Wedges                                      Cinnamon Applesauce
  Diced Peaches                                                      Fat Free Milk                                                       Fat Free Milk
    Fat Free Milk                                                 Fruit and Vegetable Bar                         Fruit and Vegetable Bar
   Fruit and Vegetable Bar
 
 
A recent School Nutrition Association survey found that nationwide, nearly every school district offers students fresh fruits and
vegetables, whole grains, salad bars or pre-packaged salads and fat free or low-fat milk. School districts are also offering more
vegetarian meals and locally sourced foods.
 
 School meals offer a great value and a huge convenience for busy parents. Our elementary and middle school students pay $2.05 and high school students pay $2.20 for a main dish, fresh vegetable, fruit, and milk.
 
 In order to support growth and development, children need protein and limited amounts of fat to support growth and development.  School meal programs provide nutrient-dense foods such as low-fat dairy products, lean meats and whole grains served in age appropriate portions. Meals served here at Springport are required to meet federal guidelines and our staff works hard to provide a variety of nutritious meals for our students. We also have fresh fruit and vegetables available for students that receive a hot lunch.  They can add these to the meal that is served. This is to help provide more food to students that would like it and still maintain a healthy lunch.
 
 We are constantly working to further improve the nutrition, taste and variety of meals.
 
 You are invited to join us for lunch some afternoon and enjoy a nutritious meal with your child. An adult lunch is only $3.00.
 
I hope this has provided you information regarding our food service program. Please let us know if you would like any additional information.
 
Sincerely,
 
 
Jeff Brenner
Food Service Director
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