This fall, Van Buren Public Schools school cafeterias are meeting tough new federal nutrition standards for school meals, ensuring that meals are healthy and well-balanced and provide students all the nutrition they need to succeed at school. Now is a great time to encourage your kids to choose school lunch!
School meals offer students milk, fruits and vegetables, proteins and grains, and they must meet strict limits on saturated fat and portion size. Starting in School Year 2012-2013, school lunches will meet additional standards requiring:
• Age-appropriate calorie limits • Larger servings of vegetables and fruits (students must take at least one serving of produce) • A wider variety of vegetables, including dark green and red/orange vegetables and legumes • Fat-free or 1% milk (flavored milk must be fat-free) • More whole grains • And less sodium
We’re always working to offer Van Buren Public Schools students healthier and tastier choices. We currently have salad bars in 4 schools and are planning to implement salad bars in all schools. School meals are a great value and a huge convenience for busy families too! The “Zangle” point of sale system is a prepaid system where students deposit money into their account to make purchases at meal times. The “Pay Schools” program will be in available for families to make deposits on line.
Also, new this year all elementary students (K-4) will be offered a universal free breakfast which will be served in the classroom.
We look forward to welcoming your children to the cafeteria this fall.