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David W. Ziskin

Superintendent of Schools

25 High Street

Fort Plain, NY 13339





No longer weekly maximums on proteins and grains for school lunch

 The USDA announced on Jan. 6 that the regulations regarding protein (meat) and grain units allowed in school lunches have been changed.

There are no longer weekly maximums set for the number of units of proteins and grains that can be served. This move comes in response to school officials across the country, especially at the upper grade levels, expressing concern that the meal restrictions were causing students to come away from lunch feeling hungry.

“We are pleased that the USDA has been responsive in making these adjustments,” Fort Plain food service director Lauri Broady said. “Students will benefit from more options and will still be coming away with a healthy, well-balanced meal that they also enjoy eating.”

The regulation change will allow school menu planners more flexibility in selecting the products and sizes that they feel best meet the needs of children in all age categories. All other school meal regulations enacted under the Healthy & Hunger-Free Schools Act are remaining in place – including strict calorie limits, vegetable sub groups, serving sizes, whole grains, daily fruit offerings, and fat/saturated fat restrictions.

The USDA is confident that this change in the protein and grain categories will allow schools to better serve nutritious, quality, and satisfying meals that students will enjoy.

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