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Washington School Lunches Remain Unchanged

Posted: Saturday, January 29th, 2011 at 6:26 am
Author: KCII News - Bill Gatchel

Earlier this week, we informed you about newly proposed nutrition standards from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. These changes are expected to take effect in 2012. One of these new standards would cause schools to have to double the required serving of fruits and vegetables daily. They would also have to serve dark green and orange vegetables and limit the amount of potatoes and other starchy vegetables. Washington School Food Service Director Yota Giardino says they have already made changes to the lunch menus. She says the requirement of the doubled serving of fruits and vegetables will not affect them because they made changes in 2004. Another recommendation from the USDA is to offer more whole grain foods. Giardino says they started with the 2009 school year following that recommendation. She says they have changed their milk offerings as well. The school district removed 2% milk in 2005 and now only serves 1% or skim milk. Giardino says they started to remove sodium from their recipes in 2005. She says when the USDA recommendations have become finalized, the school district is hoping to be ahead.