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School lunch crews dealing with new rules

Friday, November 16, 2012

This year marked the debut of new federal requirements for school lunches and Janie Duffy, OPAA! food management, told the Nevada R-5 Board of Education Wednesday night that under the new rules there are five meal components: meat or meat substitute, grain, fruits, vegetables and milk. She said that each student maychoose to skip two components, however, they must have one-half cup of a fruit or vegetable or a combination of the two.

Duffy said that the new regulations limit the amount of starch that makes it almost impossible to include any kind of dessert.

"Cookies and cake are pretty well gone because of the limits on grain," he said.

"We can't even do sandwiches every day because of the limits on grain," she said.

Since the new requirements were implemented Duffy said that the media has carried reports of students being hungry after they have finished their meal. To help eliminate that problem she said that OPAA! will allow students to have all the servings of fruits and vegetables they want.

As part of the requirements she said they have to offer students some dark red, dark orange and dark green vegetables during the week. These include things like kale and broccoli.

She said they have also used sweet potato fries and tater tots, but the students do not like them.

"They also must have a dry bean selection once each week," she said.

"It's a matter of redirecting kids to try different things," board member Joy Hawks said.

"This is supposed to be a balance between malnutrition and obesity," Duffy said.

She told the board they make sure all the meals they serve are reimbursable, which gets the district a $3 federal reimbursement for each meal.

"That's what allows us to feed kids," Dr. David Stephens, R-5 superintendent, said.

Duffy told the board that because of the new guidelines the food costs more. The suppliers have had to change from white bread for example to bread that is half whole grain, which is more expensive.

"So this year the government is offering an additional 6 cents reimbursement if we meet the guidelines," she said, adding that the 6-cents may not sound like a lot of money, but when you consider the number of meals the district serves, it is a lot of money.

In response to a question from board member Mike McCaffree, she said that she thinks more students are bringing their lunches because of the meals.

"I think that if more parents came in and saw that they can take all the fruit and vegetables they want they would have a different opinion," she said.

"I wish I could get more parents in to see what we're offering," Duffy said.

"Company-wide we're seeing a drop due to the new regulation or 3 percent overall," she said.

In other business the board:

* Voted 7-0 to approve a committee to submit three names to the R-5 board for the new performing arts center.

* Voted 7-0 to accept the district's annual audit.


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My son says the new food is nasty. He just waits to eat when he gets home.

-- Posted by Leland Gaunt on Fri, Nov 16, 2012, at 6:19 AM

My son also says that the kids just throw away the food they are forced to take and go hungry.

-- Posted by Leland Gaunt on Fri, Nov 16, 2012, at 6:52 AM

HA Ha, not really funny. Just saying, the new rules are wasteing a lot of food.

-- Posted by Leland Gaunt on Fri, Nov 16, 2012, at 8:28 PM

When I was in school the food was actually good. And a lot of kids apply for free lunches and get turned down because there parents apparently make too much money. Welll obivously they need help to bed fed or they wouldn't be applying.

-- Posted by kayrose_red on Sat, Nov 17, 2012, at 7:53 AM

Take a look at the kids and then take a look at the parents. There is a high amount of obesity in Nevada.I have been to school events and it appears that fat is the norm in Nevada.

Eating healthy starts at home. When the parents are fast food and processed food junkies then so are the kids.

When you drink a liter of coke a day and then a couple of red bulls and then follow up with mickey d's wonder what your kid thinks. This is the NORMAL. It starts at home. Maybe parents need to have some schooling on healthy eating.

-- Posted by endersgame on Sat, Nov 17, 2012, at 8:28 AM

My son comes home hungry all the time. He's not a fast food junkie nor fat. He is a lean child that burns off almost everything he takes in. He would rather eat a FRESH raw tomato(or other fruit/veggie) than a candy bar any day. The problem is when the fruits & veggies are bland. There is no one that wants to eat something that tastes like cardboard! I know the cooks are doing the best they can with all these new "rules" & most is beyond their control. I have just had to start getting dinner done a little earlier than we used to have it.

-- Posted by juggalette_batgirl on Sat, Nov 17, 2012, at 9:15 AM

My child loves it, but misses the cookies. He blames Michelle Obama.

-- Posted by bearcatprof on Tue, Nov 27, 2012, at 5:02 AM

so starve a child is the answer to obesity enders? How clueless left wing comment that is and how it scarily shows what is wrong. Here we are talking about SCHOOL lunches and some still haven't learned education not legislation solves problems.

-- Posted by USS_Missouri on Mon, Dec 3, 2012, at 8:24 PM

MY SON HAS NOT COMPLAINED TOO MUCH ABOUT THE NEW LUNCHES, BUT IS SAD THAT THEY DO NOT HAVE PB&J OPTION EVERYDAY WHEN HE DOES NOT CARE FOR FIRST OPTION. MY SON IS NORMAL WEIGHT AND HAS SAID SOMETIMES HE IS HUNGRY, I TOLD HIM TO EAT THE FRUIT/VEGE SIDES TO HELP FILL HIM UP WHEN HE DOES NOT LIKE MAIN LUNCH. HE GET A HEALTHY SNACK AFTER SCHOOL TO HELP OUT BEFORE DINNER.

-- Posted by BORN&RAISEDNEVADAMO on Tue, Dec 4, 2012, at 11:37 AM


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