National Lunch Program Underway In Magic Valley Schools
Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) When it comes to lunchtime for school children, most are ready to dig into their food.
However this year, there's a change in school lunches.
It healthier and provides students with more fruits and vegetables.
"They're requiring us to give; they have to choose between a fruit or vegetable. They have to have on their tray each day” said Susan Henderson, Nutrition Supervisor Twin Falls School District.
The USDA's new healthier school meal standards now require schools nationwide to offer lunches with fewer calories and less sodium.
Plus, half of the grains are required to be whole grains.
"We're required to give them so many green vegetables, reds, orange, so many starches, they have to have beans once a week” said Susan Henderson, Nutrition Supervisor Twin Falls School District.
The healthier school meals are a key component of the healthy, hunger-free kids act.
Which was created by the first lady as part of her “let's move” campaign and signed into law by President Obama.
The 'my plate' is the beginning of a healthier school day.
For more information about the program, go to www.choicemyplate.gov