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Pelham City Schools Child Nutrition

Pelham City Schools strives to offer students with the best possible meals that provide essential nutrients to meet dietary guidelines.  These meals will be prepared and served under the best possible health and safety conditions to students, staff, and visitors of the school system.  We aim to develop the physical and academic development of our students by providing high quality and nutritious meals in a joyful manner to inspire healthy choices.

  • The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, Public Law 111-296 (Dec. 2010)

    • Requires the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop nutrition standards for “competitive foods” - items sold in vending machines, snack bars, and a la carte lines in competition to the reimbursable school meal
    • Requires USDA to update the current meal pattern (nutrition standards) for school meals
    • Does NOT affect food brought from home or served in classroom parties. Please refer to the District Wellness Procedure Handbook for more guidance on classroom parties

    USDA's Meal Pattern (Nutrition Standards) for School Meals establishes maximum calorie/sodium limits for school meals

    • Requires schools to serve larger portions of fruits and vegetables. Students must take at least 1/2 cup serving of a fruit or vegetable per reimbursable meal. Schools must also offer a minimum number of servings of dark green vegetables, orange/red vegetables, and legumes per week
    • As of July 1st, 2019, half of grains offered to students must be whole grain-rich
    • Requires milk to be 1% or nonfat
    • Maintains current limits on fat: no more than 1/3 of school lunch (1/4 of school breakfast) calories can come from fat; less than 10% from saturated fat
    • USDA's New "Smart Snacks Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in Schools (July 2014) established nutrition standards for any food sold in schools, including fundraisers
    • Additional information on Smart Snacks in Schools can be found at: https://www.fns.usda.gov/school-meals/tools-schools-focusing-smart-snacks