School Nutrition FAQ

  • What is the National School Lunch Program?

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    The National School Lunch Program is a federally-assisted meal program operating in over 101,000 public and non‐profit private schools and residential child care institutions. School districts that choose to take part in the lunch program get cash subsidies and donated commodities from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for each meal they serve. In return, they must serve lunches that meet Federal requirements, and they must offer free or reduced-price lunches to eligible children.

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  • What are “entitlement foods” and “commodities,” and how do they play a part?

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    U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foods (formerly referred to as commodities) are U.S. foods purchased by the USDA, which are provided to schools at minimal cost. These foods typically include fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, dry and canned beans, fruit juices, vegetable oils, peanut products, rice, pasta, flour, and other grain products. In addition to these “entitlement” foods, schools also may receive “bonus” foods if there is an agricultural surplus and/or depressed market prices.

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  • Which nutritional guidelines does CSD follow?

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    School lunches must meet the applicable recommendations of the USDA's Final Rule on school meal nutrition standards: Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch & School Breakfast Programs, passed on January 25, 2012, which recommend that, based on analysis of a week's meals, no more than 30 percent of an individual's calories come from fat, and less than 10 percent from saturated fat. Regulations also establish a standard for school lunches to provide one‐third of the Recommended Dietary Allowances of protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, iron, calcium, and calories. School lunches must meet Federal nutrition requirements, but decisions about what specific foods to serve and how they are prepared are made by local school food authorities. Find the summary of the changes to the school lunch and school breakfast regulations here.

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  • Does CSD serve flavored milk?

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    Beginning in the fall of 2011, CSD is only serving fat free (unflavored and chocolate) milk and unflavored low-fat (1%) milk, following new guidance from the USDA. We're serving a new chocolate milk -TruMoo- from Mayfield Dairy Farms. TruMoo contains no high fructose corn syrup and is produced without the use of added growth hormones.

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  • Does CSD serve whole grain products?

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    CSD serves mainly whole-grain rich products including whole wheat hamburger buns, rolls, brown rice, and oatmeal. Starting with the 2014/2015 school year, 100% of the grain components claimed for the reimbursable meal have to be whole-grain rich. Whole-grain rich products must contain at least 50-percent whole grains and the remaining grain, if any, must be enriched

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  • Does CSD serve fresh fruit and vegetables?

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    CSD serves fresh fruits and vegetables every day. FAVE, Renfroe Middle School, and Decatur High School offer a fresh salad bar each day as a lunch option and elementary schools offer a vegetarian or specialty salad each day as a lunch option in addition to the hot lunch option. Renfroe Middle School and Decatur High School offer fresh fruit assortment every day.

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