It takes a real balancing act for a bagged lunch to equal the same nutrient package provided in a school lunch. Studies show that children who eat school lunch have higher nutrient intakes, both at lunch and over the course of an entire day. This is great news, because when children are better nourished, they perform better in school. From children to parents to teachers, everyone benefits from a nutritious school lunch.
School Lunches and Children's Nutrient Requirements; School lunches are healthy. To qualify for federal reimbursement, a school lunch must provide:
One-third of children's daily calorie needs,
One-third of children's daily needs for five nutrients that tend to be low in their diets — calcium, protein, vitamins A and C, and iron
Less than 30 percent of calories from fat, and less than 10 percent of calories from saturated fat when averaged over a week. To meet these guidelines, many schools modify menu items. For example, baked instead of fried chicken nuggets, and cheese pizza made with lower-fat cheese.
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- Food Service Department