Laredo Independent School District‘s Child Nutrition Program operates a non-profit USDA federal entitlement program for serving meals to school children under the National School Breakfast (NSB), the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), and Afterschool Snack Program. Child nutrition programs that operate the NSBP and like the NSLP, receive cash subsidies and USDA donated foods for the meals served to children: in turn, child nutrition programs assure that meals served meet USDA nutrition requirements of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
This upcoming school year “12-“13, USDA mandates that all meal programs follow the new nutrition guidelines of the Healthy Hungry-Free Kids Act of 2010 which reflect the most updated advancements in dietary science. However, changes to the NSB program will not be implemented until SY ‘13-’14 and continuing over the next three years. Menus will be planned according to grade levels: PK, elementary, middle and high and must meet the specific calorie requirements of each of the grade categories. More whole grains will be offered in addition to offering a higher amount of fruit at breakfast.
In addition, all flavored milk offered is fat free and non-flavored milk is low fat and fat free. Limits on saturated fats and trans fats will also be met. All of these changes are aimed at lessening the current rising rates of childhood obesity and combat childhood hunger which represent among others, a health challenge to our nation’s future generation. Breakfast is free of charge and served to all students in our campus cafeterias daily. School administrators have the option to request breakfast in the classroom. Meals are transported to the classroom by CNP staff. Studies show that students who eat breakfast perform better in standardized test and are better problem solvers, concentrate better and pay attention in class
Other studies have demonstrated that students are absent less and children behave better when they eat breakfast.
Rampersaud GC, Pereisra MA, Girard BL, Adams J, Metzel JD Breakfast habits, nutritional status, body weight, and academic performance in children and adolescents J Am Diet Assoc. 2005 May: 105(5): 743-60.
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