Healthy School Lunches A Requirement This Semester

By Kerry Brown, of JerseyBites

School lunch offerings will have students from kindergarten through high school seeing green this school year nationwide. Dark leafy greens like spinach and kale and other green vegetables like cucumbers peas and broccoli are part of healthier meals being served in school cafeterias because of stringent new federal nutrition standards now in effect.

What kids won’t see while moving through the lunch line is high fat and fried foods, rich, sugar-laden desserts, or whole milk. The requirements, laid out in the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, had to be in place by July 1, 2012 for schools to qualify for federal meal reimbursements.

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