Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act
The hard work of implementing the federal “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act” signed by President Obama in December has already begun at the Rochester City School District. The changes are being phased in starting July 1, 2012 and over the next few years, but program administrators plan earlier implementation. In fact, several of the changes have already been implemented in the RCSD.
Following is a chart explaining the key areas for students and parents.
Adding mandatory fruit serving at breakfast
Students are already offered fruit at breakfast; they will now be required to take it.
Increase amount of fruits and vegetables to one full cup for students grades 9-12
Students will not be required to take the serving.
Milk choices must be skim or 1 percent milk
Implemented in RCSD 2010.
At least half of all grain products used must be whole-grain.
Already implemented in RCSD, including breads, pastas, rice and pizza dough.
RCSD already using lower-sodium meat and packaged food products when available; will continue to source more products for the new guidelines set for 2014.
Two grains must be offered before a protein. For example, two pancakes and a sausage.
Calorie Count Maximum
Maximum calorie counts were not previously established – only minimum counts. The new counts are as follows: