By John Henry
Food Service Director of RPS
As required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, all schools are required to meet very strict standards for school lunch. We were required to have all menus certified by the Michigan Department of Education / USDA as of October 1st 2012.
The second part of that law, which will go into effect July 1st 2014, will require the whole school to fall under strict standards. This will include all of the following: school stores, snack & coffee shops, fundraisers, class room snacks, etc.
Under the proposal, any food sold in schools must:
• Be either a fruit, a vegetable, a dairy product, a protein food, a “whole-grain rich” grain product, or a combination food that contains at least ¼ cup of fruit or vegetable; or
• Contain 10% of the Daily Value (DV) of a nutrient cited as a public health concern in the 2012 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA). (calcium, potassium, vitamin D, or dietary fiber)
Additionally, foods sold must meet a range of nutrient requirements:
• Calorie limits include: Snack items: ≤ 200 calories, Entrée items: ≤ 350 calories
• Sodium limits include: Snack items: ≤ 200 mg per portion as packaged, Entrée items: ≤ 480 mg per portion as packaged
• Fat limits include: Total fat: ≤35% of calories, Saturated fat: < 10% of calories, Trans fat: zero grams
• Sugar limits include either: ≤35% of calories from total sugars in foods or ≤ 35% of weight from total sugars in foods
The public can comment on this to the USDA, at http://www.regulations.gov.