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Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program. Questions & Answers f or Program Operators. December 13, 2010, President Obama signed into law Public Law 111-296, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA).
Questions & Answers
for Program Operators
December 13, 2010, President Obama signed into law Public Law 111-296, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA).
Pasteurized, full-strength fruit juice and vegetable juice may be offered (it is credited to meet no more than one-half of the fruits or vegetables component).
Over the course of the week, the following vegetables must be offered dark green (broccoli, collard greens, spinach, etc); red/orange (carrots, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, etc); dry beans/peas (legumes – black beans, kidney beans, lentils, etc.); starchy (corn, peas, white potatoes, etc.); and “other” vegetables (asparagus, bean sprouts, green beans, etc.).
Under Offer vs. Serve, schools must offer enough for each child to take the full required amount of each component, but a student may take smaller portions of the fruits and vegetables components, if desired.
No. As long as you are providing enough grain, it is at the district’s discretion to offer a protein.Is a daily meat/meat alternate required at breakfast?
The Institute of Medicine has established a 2 Element Process to identify whole grain products:
Product ingredient listing lists whole grain first, specifically:
Element #2c is a practical way for schools to identify whole grain-rich products. Eventually the FDA will establish a labeling system.How will schools identify whole grain-rich products? (continued)
Only fat-free (unflavored and flavored) and low-fat (1%) milk (unflavored) may be offered as part of the reimbursable meal.
OVS continues to be a requirement in the NSLP for high schools, and an option for lower grade schools.How will OVS be implemented under the final rule?
FNS will provide training and technical assistance to program operators through a variety of methods, including webinars, special training sessions and conference presentations.
FNS will develop additional guidance on the implementation of the new administrative review cycle.
The meals for children with recognized medical disabilities that restrict their diet are not affected.
In individual cases where a school district has an unusual grade configuration that prevents the use of the required age/grade groups, it may serve the same lunch and breakfast to children in grades K-5 and 6-8. However, care must be taken to meet the sodium and calorie requirements for each grade group.Miscellaneous: (continued)
How have you made it successful?
What are some tips on implementing the new guidelines?
Has anyone begun planning for implementation?
What do you think the training needs will be?
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