Superintendent's Summer Newsletter
By Collins, Kyle
July 20, 2012
Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Legislation to Have an Effect on School Lunches
In 2010, Congress enacted the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act with the intent of improving the diets of children in public schools. Like many acts passed by Congress with good intent, this legislation has many unintended consequences as well.
Students will notice a change this year in the way lunches are served. Probably the most notable will be that lunches will have much less sodium, we’ll be using mostly whole grain products, and students will be required to take at least a half-cup of fruits and vegetables in order to qualify for a reimbursable meal.
I certainly agree that children should eat healthy and that fruits and vegetables are a big part of that. However, it is also important to have meals that are tasty and appealing to the students. With this in mind, our food service staff will continue to try to make the best possible meal they can while staying within the new guidelines.
I’ve been very proud of the meals prepared by our food service staff over the years. I know they are concerned with these new regulations and I’m confident that they will do their very best to ensure that South Nodaway R-IV still has the best food service program in Northwest Missouri. If you have questions, please call me at the superintendent’s office, 660-652-3221. You can also check out the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Legislation at the following link http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/governance/legislation/cnr_2010.htm
Dr. Kyle Collins, Superintendent
South Nodaway R-IV