National School Breakfast Week
March 3 - 7, 2014 is National School Breakfast Week. The theme for this week is "Take Time for School Breakfast". It reminds students of the benefits they lose when they skip a nutritious breakfast at school. This year, we will offer a Free Breakfast to all elementary students on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Please come and eat a nutritious breakfast, today. For more information on National School Breakfast, click HERE
National Nutrition Month
Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month? What a great opportunity to not just encourage eating a healthy breakfast, but to encourage healthy eating throughout the day. I googled National Nutrition Month and there was a lot of information out there with great ideas, especially from dietitians. A good article that talks about tips and ideas is HERE. Remember, we also encourage parents and guardians to come eat with their students at school to see and taste the healthy meals offered. Good nutrition starts at home and is supported in your school cafeteria. Click HERE for a handy guide on explaining nutrition and healthy eating with your children.
School Breakfast Makes a Positive Difference
Many children often skip or don't eat enough breakfast in the morning before leaving for school. When children are hungry, it's very difficult for them to focus on learning, which causes grades and test scores to go down. Children who eat a good breakfast, on the other hand, have better attention in class, higher retention, are healthier and have better test scores.
Did you know that School Breakfast is a healthy option for your students? School breakfast must meet Federal nutrition regulations, including whole grains, fruit, dairy, and calories. Cereals are whole grain and low in sugar. Rolls, muffins and breads from our bakery are made using whole grain rich flour, applesauce to cut down on oils, and are low in sugar. Fruit or juice and milk are served with every breakfast to give students a healthy start to their day.
Local Foods Offered Daily
Corvallis School District Food and Nutrition Services has been working hard to increase the amount of local foods offered daily to students. Dairy products come from Lochmead Dairy. Many of the fruits and vegetables offered in meals and on school salad bars come from local area farms, and we use flour from local mills. Our Farm to School program continues to open more avenues to purchase local products to benefit our students in order to offer even healthier meals. The health and nutrition of our area students is of utmost importance and we value the partnerships we have created with our local farms and vendors. To learn more about the Farm to School program, click HERE.
School Meals Encouraging Fruits, Vegetables and Whole Grains
You may have heard that there are new requirements for school meals. Most of these new rules will begin for school year 2012-2013. In preparation for these new requirements the Corvallis School District Nutrition Services Department has already been gradually making changes before they were required.
Currently, school meals offer students milk, fruits and vegetables, proteins and grains, and they must meet strict limits on saturated fat and portion size. Starting in School Year 2012-2013, school lunches will meet additional standards requiring:
· Students to have ½ cup of fruit and/or vegetables on their tray for it count as a full meal.
· A wider variety of vegetables, including dark green and red/orange vegetables and legumes will be required.
· More whole grains
· Separate age-appropriate calorie limits for 3 grade groups; K-5, 6-8, and 9-12.
· Fat-free or 1% milk (flavored milk must be fat-free)
· Less sodium
We’re always working to offer students healthier and tastier choices. We have expanded our Farm to School Program, so fresh, local fruits and vegetables are on our salad bars and part of our breakfast and lunch offerings and Tasting Tables encourage students to try a different fruit or vegetable every month, sometimes in a new way. You can help our efforts by encouraging your children to try new things at home and at school. Also consider joining your student for lunch or breakfast to see what is new.
School meals are a great value and a huge convenience for busy families too! We even have a convenient way for parents to check their child’s meal account online.
We look forward to welcoming your children to the cafeteria this fall. To find out more about the healthy school meals we offer, please explore our Food Service website. To get additional facts about school meals visit www.TrayTalk.org.
Healthy Meals = Healthy Kids
We are not the same Food Service you may have experienced as a child. Those single-choice meals have changed in favor of offering several choices where students can have a nutritious meal that fits their tastes. School meals are healthier while having great taste.
Check out our website! You will find lots of great information, including the current month's menu calendar, Catering information, Free & Reduced meal applications and guidelines, Helpful Health and Nutrition resources, Staff contact information, and more.
Our schools serve nutritious meals daily that meet requirements established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It is the intent of Congress and this district (through our choice to participate in the Federal School Meal Program) that nutritious meals be available to all school children. Income guidelines are set by the federal program from which we determine if families qualify for meals either free or at a reduced price.
For more program information, click here.
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