Food In the Cafeteria

There are many challenges facing school food service directors across the country – limited funds, limited equipment, complex regulations, and catering to a variety of customers.  However, their contribution to children’s health and academic performance is critical. With the new USDA standards, students are being exposed to a wide variety of fruit and vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins with varying degrees of success.  As a parent advocate, you can help your food service serve students the best food possible and ensure that they are eating it. 

To ensure the healthfulness of school meals, parents, students, and staff should have easy access to ingredient and nutrition information, both at school and online. If your school district doesn't provide this information, you may want to make this your first goal. From there, you can move forward on many other initiatives with facts in hand.