Good nutrition shall be promoted in the District's meal programs and in other food and berates that are sold to students during the school day. The Superintendent shall manage a food service program that complies with this policy and is in alignment to School Board policy 6:50, School Wellness. The type and amounts of food and beverages sold to students before schooling during the regular school day in any school that participates in the School Breakfast Program or the National School Lunch Program shall comply with any applicable mandates in the Illinois State Board of Education's School Food Service rule and the federal rules implementing the National School Lunch Act and Child Nutrition Act.
The food service program shall restrict the sale of foods of minimal nutritional value as defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the food service areas during meal periods. All revenue from the sale of any food or beverages sold in competition with the School Breakfast Program or National School Lunch Program to students in food service areas during the meal period shall accrue to the nonprofit school lunch program account.
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mORE THAN JUST A CONVENIENT OPTION
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.
School lunches are healthy. A school lunch provides:
- 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
Milk at lunch makes an important contribution to children's overall nutrient intake. As part of the lineup of nutritious choices, school meals offer a variety of milk options, including fat‐free and low‐fat milk, fat‐free flavored milk and lactose‐reduced milk. Research shows that when flavored milk is offered it can help close the calcium gap, because children prefer it and will drink more milk when it's flavored. Research shows that:
- Children who go for a container of milk at lunch are more likely to make the calcium grade than children who drink other beverages, such as juice drinks, at lunch.
- Lunchtime milk drinkers also have higher intakes of nutrients typically low in children's diets, such as vitamin A and zinc.
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.
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