Frequently Asked Questions
My child has a food allergy. How can I find out if the foods in the cafeteria are safe for him to eat?
First, congratulations for taking the first step towards controlling your health and the health of your family! You can do this! Check out the website www.ChooseMyPlate.gov for basic information on meal planning. Next, go to your local library or bookstore and look through health eating cookbooks. Select a healthy eating cookbook with recipes that appeal to your tastebuds. You need recipes. Learning to cook without recipes is like trying to drive a car with a blindfold – not a good idea! Recipes will guide you through the process and help make sure the meal is a delicious success.
School lunches must meet the applicable recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which recommend that no more than 30 percent of an individual's calories come from fat, and less than 10 percent from saturated fat. Regulations also establish a standard for school lunches to provide one‐third of the Recommended Dietary Allowances of protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, iron, calcium, and calories. School lunches must meet Federal nutrition requirements, but decisions about what specific foods to serve and how they are prepared are made by local school food authorities.