Students in the Alton School District will be getting more fruits and vegetables with their lunches this year because of new requirements that recently took effect. As of July 1st, schools across the country were required to comply with the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. It's 72-provisions were part of the National School Lunch Act and set new requirements for the amounts of fruits and vegetables students must receive, it also limits the amount of calories a student can take in. Aramark Food Service Director Charissa Dickerson:
Dickerson says students will still be able to get items such as burgers and fries, but that the portion sizes have been reduced to fall in line with these new guidelines.
The district's breakfast program will also be adjusted in the coming months as new guidelines related to breakfast must be implemented by July of 2013.