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Nutritional Guidelines

The school meals program was authorized under the National School Lunch Program Act which was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Truman in 1946.  The Michigan Legislature and the Governor mandated the National School Breakfast Program for Michigan's public schools in 1988.
 
The Program is operated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture at the National Level and the Michigan Department of Education's School Management Services, Food and Nutrition Services have the responsibility at the state level.
 
Sault Area Public Schools receives Federal and State money to assist in the offering of services to students.  These funds are used to help the purchase the food and supplies that are consumed by the programs' customers and the District then agrees to comply with the regulations set up by Congress. 
 
One of the most important regulations is the Nutritional Guideline regulation which dictates the Breakfast and Lunch nutritional content.

Meal Requirements

Schools across the United States offer meals to students that meet the reimbursement guidelines from United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Schools meals are priced as a unit, and we receive federal and state reimbursement to offset some of our costs.
To get the most for your money, encourage your child(ren) to purchase a complete meal.

For Breakfast, students may choose:

1 serving              Milk (1/2 pint fluid milk)
1 serving              4 oz. fruit juice OR fruit
1 or 2 servings     Grain/meat/meat alternative

If students choose at least 3 components (milk, fruit, grain and/or meat/meat alternate), their breakfast will be at the reimbursable rate.  If they choose 2 components, we must charge for each item separately, as the selections would not meet the USDA requirements for a complete reimbursable meal.

Example: This is a reimbursable breakfast!

Menu                 Student selects:

Cheerios             Cheerios, Yogurt, and Milk
Yogurt                         
Orange Slices
Milk

For lunch, students may choose:

1 serving              Milk (1/2 pint fluid milk)
1 serving              Fruit
1 serving              Vegetable
1 serving              Grain
1 serving              Meat/Meat Alternate

If a students choose at least 3 components (milk, fruit, vegetable, grain, meat/meat alternate) with one being a fruit and/or vegetable (1/2 cup minimum), their lunch will be at the reimbursable meal rate.  If they choose 2 components, or do not take a fruit or vegetable, we must charge for each item separately, as the selections would not meet the USDA’s requirement for a complete reimbursable meal.

Example: This is a reimbursable lunch!

Menu                           Student selects:
Hamburger                Hamburger on Whole Wheat Bun, Apple Slices (1/2 cup), and Milk
Whole Wheat Bun     
Romaine Lettuce
Tomato Slices
Apple Slices
Milk

Questions or Comments?

Contact Brenda Garland, Food Service Director
 (906) 635-3839 Ext. 5828
bgarland@eupschools.org
 
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