New Federal Nutrition Standards for Public SchoolsThe United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has established new and improved nutrition standards for school lunches as part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act signed into law in 2010. These new standards mark the first major change to school meals in more than 15 years. Fort Bend ISD’s Child Nutrition Services Department has made changes to its menus and its preparation techniques to comply with the new standards.Fort Bend ISD implemented these changes in the 2012-2013 school year, a year ahead of when the regulations were mandated to go into effect. Child Nutrition will offer additional whole grain products and will increase the number of servings of fruits and vegetables.
Other new components to FBISD’s meal program include:
- Students must choose a minimum of ½ cup of a vegetable or fruit each day.
- A wider variety of vegetables are now being offered.
- All grains are now whole-grain, 51% or higher.
- Milk options will be 1% or fat-free.
- Juice (4%) will no longer be an option at lunch.
- Calories, sodium and saturated fats are now required to be within a certain range in food items sold or served.
Texas Administrative CodeThe United States Department of Agriculture and the Texas Department of Agriculture mandates the nutrient content of the food items served or sold to students during the school day. The Texas Department of Agriculture regulations are contained in the Texas Administrative Code.In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 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 Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
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