School Nutrition Program Mission StatementOrangeburg Consolidated School District Four Nutrition Program is committed to protecting and enhancing children’s health and well-being. Nutrition influences a child’s development, lifelong health status, and potential for learning. School Nutrition achieves these goals by providing students with nutritious and appetizing meals served courteously, in a sanitary and pleasant dining environment. School Nutrition is an integral part of the school learning environment. Nutrition education activities in the classrooms and the dining rooms support the comprehensive health education program.
We’re Building Better Menus!What parents can expect from school meals and ideas for home...School Meals Are a Healthy Choice. By law, school meals must be based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Schools across the country have made changes in the lunch program and will continue to do so in the future.Schools serve more of the healthy foods students need:Whole GrainsStudents need more whole grains for fiber and other nutrients. Look for whole grain pasta, bread, pizza, and cereals in schools.Fruits and VegetablesVariety of color and types does a body good. Every lunch will include both fruits and vegetables and a wide variety of types will be offered each week.In schools using the “Offer vs. Serve” program at lunch, students must take at least ½ cup of fruit and/or vegetable.Low-fat and Fat-free MilkLow fat and fat-free milk have all the nutrients without extra calories and fat. All schools will offer fat free (flavored or unflavored) and low-fat (unflavored only) milk.Schools serve less of the foods students don’t need:Trans FatTrans fats are not good for your heart and raise cholesterol. Schools are eliminating foods with added trans fats.SugarHigh sugar foods provide extra calories and little nutrition. Look for healthy cereals with little sugar and whole grain desserts low in sugar.SodiumMost students consume double the recommended amount of salt. School meals are seasoned with herbs, spices and other flavorings in place of sodium.CondimentsCondiments are a common source of fat, salt and sugar. Schools will control portions and offer lower fat versions of condiments.
Tips for Home
Healthy meals are important at home. Your children are learning eating habits that will last a lifetime!
Purchase Whole GrainsA whole grain product is one that is made with all three parts of the grain in the same proportions in which that grain grows naturally in the field.
- Try whole grain versions of your favorites: pastas, cereals, tortillas, etc.
- Have fruits and vegetables on hand and ready to eat for a snack.
- Offer low-fat or fat-free milk at every meal.
- Make healthier versions of fast foods at home.
- Grill, broil, or bake lean protein.
- Look for great tasting, low-sugar cereals and desserts.
- Try seasoning foods with more herbs and spices.
- Eat at home as a family more often.
How Can You Help Your Child(ren)?Encourage breakfastSchool breakfast fuels learning.Taste for yourselfTake time to visit your child at school and enjoy a nutritious school lunch.Be a healthy role modelEat a wide variety of healthy foods with your children.Know the optionsMost schools offer a variety of selections at meals. Talk with your child about healthy choices.Encourage good nutritionEncourage your child to take and eat the fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and low-fat milk offered in school meals.School Meals Are Easy and Economical
- Look for the stamp from the Whole Grains Council on the product package.
- Look for a known whole grain (e.g. brown or wild rice, oats or oatmeal, quinoa, etc.) or the word “whole” before any type of grain (e.g. wheat, corn, rye, etc.) listed as the first ingredient (or the second ingredient if the first is water).
Average price for Soda + Candy Bar + Chips = $3.29Average price for a fast food kids meal(chicken nuggets, fries/apples, milk/soda) = $3.87Average price for a healthy school lunch = $2.35Questions?Call Angela Robinson or Jessica JonesOrangeburg Consolidated School District FourSchool Nutrition Office(803)534-8081
- School meals cost less than a home packed lunch.
- School meals offer food from all of the food groups and offer a variety of healthy foods.
- School meals save parents time.
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