USDA updating school meal nutrition standards for upcoming academic years

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) –  Starting subsequent yr, your child’s faculty lunch may look slightly totally different and extra nutritious. The Biden Administration introduced new updates to high school diet requirements for the upcoming educational years.

It’s all a part of an effort to make faculty meals more healthy for college kids, however Lincoln Public Schools says they’re already forward of the laws.

“At LPS we’ve been fortunate, we’ve kinda been forward of the curb within the youngster diet state of affairs, a few of these issues sort of revert again to the wholesome hunger-free child’s act that got here out about 10 years in the past. That promoted decrease sodium and issues like entire grains and elevated fruit and vegetable choices for the scholars,” Andrew Ashelford, LPS Director of Nutrition Services, stated.

Proposed milk modifications and extra entire grains are what the USDA is pushing for in colleges throughout the nation.

In truth, LPS is definitely increasing additional and shall be introducing extra plant-based entrees this yr and subsequent as a result of they’re seeing an elevated demand for that within the district.

This comes after LPS has seen a dramatic rise in meals prices and provide chain disruptions which have modified not solely what they serve, however how.

The district began just lately switching out their meals each three weeks, as an alternative of 4.

“It allowed us to actually concentrate on the meals that we have been in a position to recur and sort of avoid the meals that we weren’t all the time seeing on time,” Ashelford stated.

Supply chain points and prices are nonetheless an issue, LPS says cups and the plastic containers the meals goes in have been the most important downside, however they’ve been in a position to adapt.

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