Dear Coventry Families,
This fall, Coventry Public Schools cafeterias are meeting tough new federal nutrition standards for school meals, ensuring that meals are healthy and well-balanced and provide students all the nutrition they need to succeed at school.
Rhode Island has long been ahead of federal nutrition standards surrounding school lunch, but as federal regulations catch up, you can expect to see some changes in your child’s lunch menu. Now is a great time to encourage your kids to choose school lunch!
School meals offer students milk, fruits and vegetables, proteins and grains, and they must meet strict limits on saturated fat and portion size. Starting in School Year 2012-2013, school lunches will meet additional standards requiring:
· Age-appropriate calorie limits
· Larger servings of vegetables and fruits (students must take at least one serving of produce)
· A wide variety of vegetables, including dark green and red/orange vegetables and legumes
· Fat-free or 1% milk (flavored milk must be fat-free)
· More whole grains
· Less sodium
We’re always working to offer Coventry students healthier and tastier choices. We have been meeting RI’s tough nutritional standards for years and are looking forward to helping our students continue to flourish as we implement the new standards under the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act.
In addition to these new standards we will continue our participation and support of the farm to school program as well as our scratch cooking initiative! Look for great local items like apples from Hill Orchards to be featured on the menu regularly!
School meals are a great value and a huge convenience for busy families too! Breakfast is available daily for $1.25 for elementary and $1.50 for middle and high school paid students and $0.30 for students qualifying for reduced-priced meals. Lunch is only $2.50 at the elementary level and $2.85 at the middle and high schools, with reduced-priced lunches at $0.40 at all levels. Parents can monitor their child’s lunch account and make pre-payments online at MyNutrikids.com!
We look forward to welcoming your children to the cafeteria this fall. To find out more about the Coventry School District’s healthy school meals, contact the food service office directly at (401) 821-1242. To get more facts about school meals visit www.TrayTalk.org.
Director of Child Nutrition