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October 6, 2012

Tift County School meals meet tough new nutrition standards

TIFTON — As Tift County students returned to school this year, they found healthy new choices in their school cafeterias. All schools are serving meals that meet stringent new federal nutrition standards, ensuring that meals are healthy, well-balanced and provide students with all the nutrition they need to succeed at school.

School meals offer students milk, fruits and vegetables, proteins and grains, and they must meet strict limits for saturated fat and portion size. Starting this year, school lunches meet additional standards requiring age-appropriate calorie limits, larger servings of vegetables and fruits, a wider variety of vegetables to include dark green and red/orange vegetables and legumes, fat-free or one percent milk, more whole grains and less sodium.

Students are also required to take at least one half-cup serving of produce. Any flavored milk served by school cafeterias must be fat-free.

“We’re always working to offer our students healthier and tastier choices,” said Licia Nicholson, director of the Tift County school nutrition program. “In addition to meeting new nutrition standards, we’re also offering fruit and veggies bars at all schools.”

She added, “School meals are a great value and a huge convenience for busy families. Breakfast is just $0.50, while lunch prices range from $0.70 to $1.10. Parents may pay online at www.paypams.com or at the school.”

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