Important Facts about School Meals:
- School meals meet State and Federal Guidelines.
- School meals have no more than 30% of calories from fat and less than 10% from saturated fat per week.
- School meals meet 1/3 of the Recommended Dietary Allowances for protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, iron, calcium and calories per week.
- School meals offer plenty of variety including pasta, entrée salads, Southern favorites, ethnic dishes, assortment of fruits and vegetables, milk, and many other kid-approved menu items. You can leave the menu planning to us.
Why Eat School Meals?
Did you know that school meals are better for you than most meals brought from home?
Research indicates that reimbursable school meals provide three times as many dairy products, twice as much fruit, and seven times more vegetable amounts than lunches brought from home. The research also concluded that “reimbursable" school lunches were lower in fat, provided more nutrients overall and offered more variety than lunches brought from home. Let’s compare a school lunch to a popular commercial brand “Lunchables".
School Lunch vs. Commercial “Lunchables
Elementary School Lunch "Lunchables"
Cost: At no cost $2.99
Fat: 30% 42%
Saturated Fat: 10% 18%
Beverage: Milk (high in calcium) Fruit Drink
Fruit/Vegetables: Several choices Lacks Fresh Fruit
School lunches consists of: deli turkey sandwich, veggies with dip, fresh apple, and milk.
“Lunchables” consists of: turkey, cheese, crackers, peanut butter cup, and fruit drink.