Students can expect benefits from healthier and more nutritious food in school.
Thanks to the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act, major improvements are being
made across the country to transform school food and to promote
better nutrition and reduce obesity.
2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans
The 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines is designed to help Americans eat a healthier diet. Intended for policymakers and health professionals, this edition of the Dietary Guidelines outlines how people can improve their overall eating patterns — the complete combination of foods and drinks in their diet. This edition offers 5 overarching Guidelines and a number of Key Recommendations with specific nutritional targets and dietary limits.
MNSD Student Wellness Policy (School Board Policy Manual, 200 Pupils, #246 Student Wellness)
The Marple Newtown School District recognizes that student wellness and proper nutrition are related to students’ physical well-being, growth, development, and readiness to learn. The Board is committed to providing a school environment that promotes student wellness, proper nutrition, nutrition education, and regular physical activity as part of the total learning experience. In a healthy school environment, students will learn about and participate in positive dietary and lifestyle practices that can improve student achievement.
Please click here to learn more about Summer Feeding Programs.
Important Information regarding New Meal Benefit Application:
This school year we are making it faster and easier for families to apply for free or reduced priced meals. Please see this link to apply.
This school year students may notice a change on their lunch trays. New federal nutrition standards have been implemented, which require schools to meet daily and weekly serving requirements of grains, fruits and vegetables, meat or meat alternatives and milk.
Nutrition Resources for Families:
USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion site, featuring information about school meal changes, sample menus and recipes, nutrition and exercise tips and tools, and more: choosemyplate.gov
Answers to frequently asked questions from the School Nutrition Association: traytalk.org
GROW HEALTHY- food that provides energy and nutrients your students need to help grow. Visit the Acamdey of Nutrition and Dietetics for tips, articles, and recipes: www.eatright.org/resources/for-kids
** ARE YOUR STUDENT’S SNACK SMART SNACKS? **
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation has provided a useful tool to determine what is a healthier choice for your student.
Select your snack, review the ingredients, and enter the information required. The calculator will prompt you through this. Try it with your student and see if you are meeting the smart snacks in school standards!
Please feel free to email me if you have questions or concerns.
Thank you for supporting school lunch!
Eileen M. Bellew, MA., RD., LDN.
Director of Food Service