As you know, in order to help our students develop healthy minds and healthy bodies, I am sharing with you the North Carolina lunch time nutritional requirements. Since all of the lunches are coming from home, I thought you may want to review them.
For EACH lunch, the children must have one food from each category: the Milk, Meat, Veggie/Fruit and Grains/Breads.
Food Item 1-2 yrs 3-5 yrs.
Milk ½ cup ¾ cup
Lean meat, poultry, Boneless fish 1 oz 1 ½ oz
OR, alternate protein product 1 oz 1 ½ oz
OR, cheese 1 oz 1 ½ oz
Or, egg (large) ½ egg ¾ egg
Or, Cooked dried beans/peas ¼ cup 3/8 cup
Or, Peanut butter (or similar) 2 tbsp 3 tbsp
Or, Nuts and/or seeds ½ oz ¾ oz
Or, Yogurt, plain or sweetened 4 oz 6 oz
Vegetable or fruit or 100% juice ¼ cup ½ cup
Grains/Breads (enriched or whole grain)
Bread ½ slice ½ slice
Or, Cornbread, biscuit, roll ½ serving ½ serving
Or, Cold dry cereal ¼ cup 1/3 cup
Or, Hot cooked cereal ¼ cup ¼ cup
Or, cooked pasta, noodles, or grains ¼ cup ¼ cup
Even though we have already been serving milk each day during snack time, we will be serving milk at lunch to help with these requirements. Therefore, please be mindful of the remaining requirements that will need to be included in their lunch brought from home.
I go into the classrooms almost everyday at lunch. I must tell you that I am impressed with the food our students are eating. I have never seen a school with so many children eating healthy food everyday. So…good job parents!!! Keep up the good work.