National School Lunch Program

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 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.

LISD’s Child Nutrition Program operates the meal program under an alternative option called Special Assistance Provision 2 allowing child nutrition to provide free meals to all enrolled students.   Under this alternative, a district must meet the requirement of a high percentage of their student population qualifying for free and reduced priced meals.  In addition, it also lessens the burden of paperwork on the parents by not requiring them to fill out lunch applications and on district staff by not determining eligibility (free, reduced, and paid) and required verification of lunch applications.  The same nutrition standards have to be followed, however.

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.    A few of these new requirements will begin this upcoming school year and others will be gradually phased in.  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.  In summary, serving size limits will be placed on certain types of foods while requiring more fruits and vegetables to be offered.  Of particular interest are vegetables; students must be offered a variety of subgroup of vegetables on a weekly basis with a minimum amount to be offered daily.  A minimum amount of fruit will be offered daily as well.  More whole grains will be incorporated into the meals.  Unflavored milk is low fat or fat free and flavored milk offered is fat free.  Limits on saturated fats and trans fats will also be met.   The last phase of these changes will involve setting sodium limits in our meals.  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.



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