Hoover City Schools

HCS CHILD NUTRITION
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Hoover City Schools Child Nutrition Program (CNP) strives to provide students with the best possible nutrients under the best possible health & 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. 

Breakfast and Lunch options are available each day for all students.   

 

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 school 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 Hoover City Schools is baked or steamed, never fried.  Students are encouraged to try more fresh produce through fruit and vegetable taste tests, Farm to School programs, salad bars, school gardens and kids cooking competitions. 

 

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, Public Law 111-296, enacted in 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 lines in competition to the reimbursable school meal
  • Requires USDA to update the current meal pattern (nutrition standards) for school meals
  • Does NOT affect food brought from home or served in classroom parties. Please refer to the District Wellness Procedure Handbook for more guidance on classroom parties. 

USDA’s Meal Pattern (Nutrition Standards) for School Meals establishes maximum calorie and sodium limits for meals 

  • Requires schools to serve larger portions of fruits and vegetables. Students must take at least 1/2 cup serving of a fruit or vegetable per reimbursable meal. Schools must also offer a minimum number of servings of dark green vegetables, orange/red vegetables and legumes per week
  • As of July 1st, 2014, all grains offered to students must be whole grain-rich.
  • Requires milk to be 1% or nonfat (flavored milk must 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

USDA's New "Smart Snacks Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in Schools, effective July 1st, 2014, establishes nutrition standards for any food sold in schools, including fundraisers.

 

 

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.  Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture  Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights  1400 Independence Avenue, SW  Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

 

 

 


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