School Nutrition Program Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the goal of the School Nutrition Program?
A: The goal of the program is to provide high quality, nutritious meals to our students at a price that is affordable to all.
Q: Why is lunch served at school?
A: Every student needs lunch during the school day. Many students would receive no meal or a nutritionally poor meal if they had to bring their own lunch. Research has shown that hungry children cannot learn. A child with an empty stomach is lethargic, irritable and is not able to participate fully in learning experiences. Good nutrition is critical to student achievement.
Q: Who is in charge of the program at my child's school?
A: The principal is responsible for the program's operations in each school; the local Board of Education, represented by the Superintendent, makes the ultimate decisions about the program. The program is under the supervision of a state certified nutrition director who supervises and coordinates the general operation of the program. The administrators are governed by the federal and state regulations, as well as policies that the local Board of Education deems necessary.
Q: How are the lunch menus determined at each school?
A: The menus are planned at the central office by the nutrition coordinator. School meals must meet the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which recommend that 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.
Q: Why is breakfast so important?
A: Eating breakfast at school is one of the smartest ways your child can begin the day. Often students simply don't have enough time in the morning to eat breakfast at home and go to class without eating anything at all. A hungry child just cannot concentrate on learning. Research proves breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It breaks the fasting of our bodies while we sleep and gives us fuel for starting a new day. In most studies, children who ate breakfast improved their grades. Teachers observed increased attentiveness, motivation, self- discipline and concentration in students who participate in the School Breakfast program. Studies have found that children who ate breakfast make fewer mistakes and better grades.
Q: Do you still have any unanswered questions?
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