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Our Organic School Lunch Program Provides An Enhanced Nutritional Menu

Good Earth understands that for many children, their school lunch will be the most important meal of their day. Children depend upon their warm school lunch for 1/3 to 1/2 of their nutritional intake. Healthy diets help children grow, develop, and do well in school.

Menu Planning in the National School Lunch Program

The National School Lunch Act mandates that school meals "safeguard the health and well-being of the Nation's children”.  Participating schools must serve lunches that are consistent with the applicable recommendations of the most recent Dietary Guidelines for Americans including: eat a variety of foods; choose a diet with plenty of grain products, vegetables and fruits; choose a diet moderate in sugars and salt; and choose a diet with 30% or less of calories from fat and less than 10% of calories from saturated fat.  In addition, lunches must provide, on average over each school week, at least 1/3 of the daily Recommended Dietary Allowances for protein, iron, calcium,
and vitamins A and C. 

The Traditional Food-Based Menu Planning Approach

Under the Traditional Food-Based Menu Planning Approach, schools must comply with specific component and quantity requirements by offering five food items from four food components. These components are: meat/meat alternate, vegetables and/or fruits, grains/breads, and milk.  Minimum portion sizes are established by ages and grade groups. Good Earth is committed to providing these needs and well beyond!

Good Earth’s Nutrient Breakdown for Our Enhanced Nutrition Menu Plan on La Fiesta Day:

Items:

  • Bean Burrito
  • Salsa Fresca
  • Guacamole
  • Carrots
  • Fruit Salad
  • Juice
  • Milk

Nutritional Value:

  • Calories: 825
  • Cholesterol: 54mg
  • Dietary Fiber: 11.42g
  • Iron: 6.19mg
  • Calcium: 523.09mg
  • Vitamin A: 3535 RE
  • Vitamin C: 43.89
  • Protein: 28.89g
  • Carbohydrates: 128.56g
  • Total fat: 17.7g
  • Saturated Fat: 8.53g

 

 

   

 

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