Patch Poll: Is School Lunch Better or Worse This Year?
Changes to the federal lunch program mean the offerings aren't the same as they used to be. Are your kids on board, or have they complained?
Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that it would make the first major changes in school lunch standards in 15 years. The results of that commitment are now on the lunch line in your local school.
“As parents, we try to prepare decent meals, limit how much junk food our kids eat, and ensure they have a reasonably balanced diet,” said First Lady Michelle Obama when the changes were announced. “And when we’re putting in all that effort the last thing we want is for our hard work to be undone each day in the school cafeteria."
To that end, these changes were implemented:
- Ensuring students are offered both fruits and vegetables every day of the week.
- Substantially increasing offerings of whole grain-rich foods.
- Offering only fat-free or low-fat milk varieties.
- Limiting calories based on the age of children being served to ensure proper portion size.
- Increasing the focus on reducing the amounts of saturated fat, trans fats and sodium.
What do your children tell you about the lunchroom changes this year? Do they like the food? Do they eat the fruit they're required to take or do they throw it away?
Take our poll and tell us in the comments.
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