USDA Proposes Changes For School Meals

By: Jennifer Weaver Email
By: Jennifer Weaver Email

For Mary Dunsmore maintaining a healthy diet for her children is not always the easiest task.

"I have three children some of them are better than others," Dunsmore said, "So it's always a challenge to get them fruits and vegetables that they are supposed to have but they don't want."

Dunsmore's children attend Lansing Christian School where she works. She says school options help her maintain their diet when she can't pack lunch.

"My middle son will get the salad bar quite often and my youngest will pretty much eat what's portioned on his plate," Dunsmore said.

A new proposal from the U.S. Department of Agriculture may help other parents share the same confidence in school meals.

The proposal would update guidelines adding more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat milks. These are changes that Lansing Christian have already made.

Because the school is private they do not participate in the USDA program. But Superintendent Pamela Campbell says they pay attention to the guidelines because they want to offer the healthiest lunch possible.

"It's really important for them to eat well so they can do well in school," Campbell said.

But for this school offering fruits and vegetables is about more than nutrition, it's about giving students what they need to succeed.

"It allows them to sit longer, and be able to concentrate better," Campbell said.

This is the first time nutritional changes have been updated for schools in 15 years.

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