Schools revamping menus in light of new federal regulations

MARSHALL COUNTY — Revisions by the USDA to the Child Nutrition Programs: Hunger-Free Act of 2010, will provide students with healthier and more nutritious food in school beginning July 1. The updated standards for school meals were released in January of this year giving schools the time to meet the updated standards.

The “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 School Meals (HHFK),” championed by Michelle Obama as part of her “Let’s Move” initiative, seeks to solve the childhood obesity problem. HHFK law contains provisions to improve child nutritions programs to make meals and offerings more nutritious.

Area schools have done their best to accommodate the changes for this school year.

In preparation for the changes, Argos Schools have reduced salt, begun using an herb seasoning with no MSG’s for the vegetables, trans-fat free margarine for bread rolls, and more fresh fruits especially in the salad bar.

Whether school children will like or dislike the changes is a different matter as new Food Director of Argos Schools Marsha Chaney notes.

“All breads are whole grain and the kids really do not like the whole grain. With being the new food director, I plan on introducing at least a new food product to our kids every week during the school year.”

Hope Andrews, Food Service Director for Bremen Public Schools relays their efforts have been ongoing for the past year. Bremen Schools have no fried food, instead it is baked as they watch the fat and sodium making sure to stay within the new guidelines.

(Additional information and perspectives can be found in the July 9 print or e-edition of the Pilot News.)