Geneva County Schools' Child Nutrition Program strives to provide students with the best possible nutrients under the best possible health and safety conditions, in the most pleasant, relaxing atmosphere possible. We aim to nurture the physical and scholastic development of our students by providing high quality, nutritious meals and to motivate healthy food choices by offering nutrition education. Our goal is to provide nutritious and healthy meals to all students in accordance with the guidelines provided by the United States Department of Agriculture.
Our program exists to serve the students. We hope that you will find this section of the Geneva County Schools' website useful and resourceful- offering insight into our cafeteria operations and our child nutrition staff.
Our managers and staff of 32 Food and Nutrition professionals take great pride in serving the children of Geneva County Schools each day. We have a certified manager in each school cafeteria and many of the staff are also Certified by the National Restaurant Association.
Our menus are published on a monthly basis on each schools website. Menus are planned to reflect the USDA Dietary guidelines.
Healthy Changes in School Cafeterias:
Despite limited budgets, school districts nationwide have been improving school meals and working to teach students to make healthy choices in cafeterias and at home. Many schools are making kid favorites using leaner meats, whole grain ingredients, and less sodium or added sugar. All food in Geneva County Schools is baked or steamed, never fried. Students are encouraged to try more fresh produce through fruit and vegetable taste tests, salad bars, Farm to School programs, school gardens, and the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable program. Geneva County Schools and the School Nutrition Association know that parents are critical partners in teaching children to make nutritious food choices at school. Learn how you can get involved and support healthy school meals at: www.traytalk.org.
New nutrition standards for the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast program recently passed that recently passed legislation will help schools build on these accomplishments. Schools need the support of Congress, the Administration, and the local communities to bring healthier options to every school cafeteria.
The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, Public Law 111-296, enacted December 2010:
Requires the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop nutrition standards for "competitive foods"- items sold in vending machines, snack bars, and a la carte items in competition to the reimbursable school meal.
Requires USDA to update the current meal pattern (nutrition standards) for school meals.
Provides schools and additional 6 cents per lunch (not breakfast) to meet these new nutrition standards.
Provides free, healthy school meals to more children in need.
Does NOT affect food brought from home or served in classroom parties. USDA will not regulate occasional bake sales for fundraisers.
USDA's New Meal Pattern (Nutrition Standards) for School Meals, released January 2012, effective starting July 2012, establishes maximum calorie and sodium limits for meals (sodium limits are phased in over 10 years):
Requires schools to serve larger portions of fruits and vegetables. Students must take at least one fruit or vegetable serving per meal. Schools must offer dark green vegetables, red/orange vegetables, and legumes at least once a week.
Within two years of implementation, all grains offered must be whole grain-rich.
Requires milk to be 1% or nonfat flavored (flavored milk must all be nonfat).
Maintains current limits on fat: no more than 1/3 of school lunch (1/4 of school breakfast) calories can come from fat; less than 10% from saturated fat.
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