First Lady sets nutritional standards for schools

by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief

WHS witnessed first-hand changes to the school cafeteria program as students were told “You need another serving of fruit.”

At the beginning of the year, all schools in District 214 adjusted to new nutritional standards set by Michelle Obama, first lady.

While previously students could choose to decline taking fruit and vegetable portions, they now must take at least one serving when purchasing a lunch meal.

Students that are purchasing from the a la carte line do not need to meet these standards.

The lunch lines began seeing more variety of options with fruit, such as apples, bananas and carrots. The changes were implemented due to the National School Lunch program initiative to prepare healthier meals.  The National School Lunch Program (NSLP), created in 1946, is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture adopted new standards to limit the amount of calories, fat, salt and sugar that food can obtain. Schools across the state and nation that participate in the National School Lunch Program must comply with these new standards.

These changes to school meals are the first in 15 years and were encouraged through the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act signed by President Barack Obama and M. Obama.

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