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Healthy Changes Coming to Stoughton Public School Cafeterias in 2012-2013

In a letter to Stoughton Public Schools families, Food Services Director Ed Gilbert explains some of the changes coming to school cafeterias this upcoming school year to meet the demands of the new federal nutrition standards for school meals.

The following is a letter posted on the Stoughton Pubic Schools website by Ed Gilbert, the Director of Food Services for the Stoughton Public Schools, discussing the changes to cafeteria menus this upcoming school year to meet the demands of the new federal nutrition standards for school meals.

Stoughton Patch will have more on these changes prior to the start of school. The first day of the in Stoughton for students in grades 1-12 is Wednesday, September 5, 2012.  Kindergarten starts Friday, September 7.

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Dear Stoughton Public Schools Families,

This fall the ’ cafeterias are meeting the demands of tough new federal nutrition standards for school meals. We are ensuring that our meals are healthy, well-balanced and provide students the proper nutrition they need to succeed in school.  Now is a great time to encourage your kids to choose school lunch!

School meals offer students milk, fruits and vegetables, and proteins and grains, and they must meet strict limits on saturated fat and portion size.

Starting September 5, 2012 our school lunches will meet additional standards requiring:

Age-appropriate calorie limits Larger servings of vegetables and fruits (students must take at least one serving of produce) A wider variety of vegetables, including dark green and red/orange vegetables and legumes Fat-free or 1% milk (flavored milk must be fat-free) More whole grains Less sodium
We’re always working to offer our students healthier and tastier choices.  

The Stoughton Food Services Program has been making great strides over the past several years to get your children ready for these changes. Last year we offered all whole grain rolls and breads, and a wide variety of locally grown fruits and vegetables. We also reduced salt and sugars in all of our meal options.

School meals are a great value and convenient for busy families. Rest assured, we have complete meals offered daily that meet strict guidelines and are appealing to your children.

We also offer a convenient on line payment system so you know your child always has money in his/her meal account. The price of a school lunch is $2.00 K – 5th grade students and $2.25 for students in grades 6 – 12. Reduced priced lunches are $0.40 cents.  All meals come with 8 oz. milk, vegetable, fruit, main entrée and a whole grain option.

We are expanding breakfast programs in our five elementary schools for the 2012 / 2013 school year. Breakfast is $1.00 K-12 and a reduced priced breakfast is $0.30 cents. All breakfast meals come with: 8 oz. milk, 4 oz. juice, a whole grain option and a protein.

We look forward to welcoming your children to our cafeterias this fall.  To find out more about our healthy school meals visit our website at: http://www.stoughtonschools.org/

If you have any questions about the lunch program please contact me: e_gilbert@stoughtonschools.org

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Fiscal Conservative August 22, 2012 at 08:41 PM
I want a Double Cheeseberger on a Whole Wheat bun, with a Large order of French Fries, cooked in lard. A Large Chocolate Frappe to drink and for dessert a Banana Split. I'll be getting: Protein, Dairy, Vegatables and Whole Grains, Calcium for strong bones as well as neccessary Fats for energy to do school work properly. The Nanny State is getting too carried away. Children are often overweight because they don't get enough exercise during the day (heck, teachers won't let the kids outside when it gets too cold for the teachers, not the kids). Let the kids out until its gets to ZERO degrees. If they dress properly there is NO reason for them NOT to go outside in the cold weather. It's actually healthy for them. Cold increases the bodies metabolism and burns MORE calories. Parents also feed kids junk to shut them up. So, its not the kids fault they have a little extra tonnage on them....its the ADULTS who are primarily responsible for this situation. Fess up to it adults, you're the one's to blame, not Mickey D's or other food outlets. Its you, the parents and teachers who are to blame!!!!
Scott M August 23, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Let me get this straight, It's "the adults who are primarily responsible for this situation". Yet when it's the adults who make an effort to help, at least in some way, there is a problem with it?
Fiscal Conservative August 23, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Yeah, adults are a major part of the problem today. Face it, not all parents are responsible parents and place blame on others. If I remember correctly you were one of the parents who jumped all over the schools because of overcrowded buses last year. When, in fact, it wasn't the case, as proven by the School Dept & Police Dept. You overracted, as most Adults now do. Try letting kids be kids. We, as adults, have taken so much of the joy of being a child away from them. We don't let them go anywhere or do anything freely any more. If adults don't organize activities for their children the children don't know what to do for themselves. Heck, I was always outside in all types of weather, recess in the winter was outdoors (I went to the West School). We built snow forts and played in the snow at recess Teachers hated indoor recess because we drove them crazy in the afternoon. I ate junk food to my heart's content. My grandfather was a butcher, so we always had plenty of RED meat. Seventh grade I was 5'10" and weighed 103 Lbs. I wasn't overweight, I was underweight. Why, because I, as well as all my friends, were ACTIVE. My parents didn't do everything for me. My generation was so much different from today's kids. Don't say things are different. If given the choice, kids would be a lot healthier if they were allowed to be kids. So, you can put a big portion of blame on adults. Face it...we adults are responsible for a lot of a child's problems.
Scott M August 23, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Apparently you missed the point of my reply. As a side note, the buses were overcrowded and proven to be so. A week after the schools did the media spin to portray me as the crazy father, they created new bus routes. The problem was resolved quietly and without media attention. It would be an admission of guilt if it were advertised. You should really refrain from comments on things you know nothing about. Have a nice day.

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