Healthy Meals in our School Cafeterias!
South Lake is meeting tough federal nutrition standards for school meals, ensuring that meals are healthy and well-balanced and provide students all the nutrition they need to succeed at school.
School meals offer students milk, fruits and vegetables, proteins and grains, and they must meet strict limits for saturated fat and portion size.
School lunches meet additional standards requiring:
- Age-appropriate calorie limits
- Larger servings of vegetables and fruits: Students must take at least one serving (1/2 cup) of fruits or vegetables with their school lunch at all grade levels.
- A wider variety of vegetables (including dark green and red/orange vegetables and legumes)
- Fat-free or 1% milk will be offered daily.
- More whole grains: 50% of bread items offered in school cafeteria will now be whole grain.
- Reduction of sodium in school meals will be gradual with the end goal of 740 mg of sodium per meal on average.
The end result of these nutrition standards is healthier meals for our kids. Well-nourished kids do better in school!