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By DEWANA FAISON WCPS nutrition director Prior to the implementation of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which was signed into law in 2010, the School Meal Standards had not been updated since 1995. The HHFKA required USDA to update school meal nutrition stan- dards to reflect the most current dietary science. The new meal patterns became effective, and were gradually phased in beginning the 2012-13 school year with the intent of helping to combat childhood obesi- ty as well as the problem of child- hood hunger. Current USDA breakfast requirements are: • The three meal components must be offered daily (grains, fruit and milk). • A minimum of one ounce of grain must be offered daily for all grade levels (k-12). • One cup of fruit must be offered daily at breakfast ( 1 ⁄2 cup fruit and 1 ⁄2 cup 100 percent fruit juice). • Fat-free (unflavored or fla- vored) and unflavored low-fat (one percent) milk must be offered daily. • Must analyze menus to ensure that calorie minimum and maxi- mum levels, sodium reductions and saturated fat targets are within the acceptable weekly average. • Student reimbursable break- fast meal options:To minimize plate waste, we implement the offer versus serve (OVS) policy. Under OVS, students must take three of the four breakfast items offered for a reimbursable meal, which must include a 1 ⁄2 cup fruit or 1 ⁄2 cup (4 ounces) 100 percent fruit juice. Current USDA lunch require- ments are: • The five meal components must be offered daily (meat/meat alternate, grains, fruits, vegeta- bles and milk) • Students must choose 1 ⁄2 cup of fruit or 1 ⁄2 cup vegetable (may choose both). • Daily and weekly require- ments from the vegetable sub- group (dark green, red/orange, legumes, starchy and other veg- etables) must be offered. • All grains offered must be 100 percent whole grain or whole grain rich (50 percent of the prod- uct must be whole grains; remain- ing grains must be enriched). • Fat-free (unflavored or fla- vored) and unflavored low-fat (one percent) milk must be offered daily. • Must analyze menus to ensure that calorie minimum and maxi- mum levels, sodium reductions and saturated fat targets are within the acceptable weekly average. Student reimbursable lunch meal options:To minimize plate waste, we implement the offer versus serve OVS policy. Under OVS, students may decline two of the five meal com- ponents offered at lunch for a reimbursable meal which must include a 1 ⁄2 fruit or 1 ⁄2 vegetable. The meal accommodations under the school nutrition pro- grams for children whose medical disability restricts their diet are not affected by the changes to the meal patterns and dietary specifi- cations. These meal accommodations continue to be based on a medical statement from a licensed physi- cian. To add variety to our school menus while maintaining compli- ance with the USDA meal pat- tern, we added chef salads to our high school menu once a week beginning last school year. We are planning to expand chef salads to the middle school menu in the upcoming school year. An expanded variety of fruits and vegetables will also be offered next school year such as nec- tarines, fresh pears, grapples, baby carrots and squash. A variety of snack items that meet USDA's Smart Snacks option are sold daily (a la carte). The board of education approved 12 additional Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) Schools beginning the 2017-2018 school year. CEP allows districts to serve breakfast and lunch meals at no cost to all enrolled students with- out the burden of collecting household student meal applica- tions. The following schools have been board approved for the (CEP) method for the 2017-18 school year. Breakfast and lunch will be served to all enrolled students at no cost. The schools are Brogden Middle, Brogden Primary, Carver Elementary, Carver Heights, Dillard Middle, Eastern Wayne Elementary, Eastern Wayne Middle, Eastern Wayne High, Edgewood, Fremont STARS Elementary, Goldsboro High, Grantham Elementary, Grantham Middle, Greenwood Middle, Meadow Lane Elementary, Mount Olive Middle, Rosewood Elementary, School Street Early Learning Center, Southern Wayne High, Spring Creek Elementary, Spring Creek Middle, Spring Creek High,Tommy's Road Elementary, North Drive Elementary, Northeast Elementary and Wayne Middle/High Academy The following schools will con- tinue to follow the traditional free/reduced meal application method. Student breakfast will be Universal Free. There will be a 10-cent increase in the student paid lunch meal price from $2.25 to $2.35 as required by USDA for all non- CEP schools. Reduced price lunch will remain at 40 cents for students. Student meal applications will be avail- able at all non-CEP schools and the School Nutrition Office. Schools are Northwest Elementary, Norwayne Middle, Charles B.Aycock, Rosewood Middle, Rosewood High,Wayne School of Engineering and Wayne Early Middle College Thursday, August 3, 2017 Goldsboro News-Argus — 17 Serving Ages 1-12 Transportation to Local Schools Before and After School Care A Plus. Summerfest Program For Ages 5-12 25+ Years of Experience... Conveniently Located At 106 E. Lockhaven Drive • Goldsboro Wayne Memorial Drive & Lockhaven Drive • Behind Walgreen's Monday - Friday 6:00am - 6:00pm 919.734.7682 HAPPY DAYS DAY CARE, INC. ★★★★ 4 STAR LICENSE ★★★★ NC Pre-K 100DCT0717J© School lunches have gotten healthier through the years News-Argus/CASEY MOZINGO A lunch tray with a cheeseburger, sweet potatoes and peas is passed to a child at lunch. A fruit cup and milk will be given to them as they go to their seat.

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