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September 23, 2018

Sandy Creek School Lunch Nutrition Transition: Fueling Up on Healthy Choices


What’s on the menu this school year at the Sandy Creek Central School District? A combination of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, protein, and low fat dairy products that aim to help students stay focused and ready to learn.

Amy Urquhart from the Sandy Creek Food Service Department serves a balanced lunch that follows federal nutrition guidelines to Sandy Creek eighth grade students Jessica Leppien, left, and Lindsey Goodnough.

Amy Urquhart from the Sandy Creek Food Service Department serves a balanced lunch that follows federal nutrition guidelines to Sandy Creek eighth grade students Jessica Leppien, left, and Lindsey Goodnough.

The new combination of balanced menu options is part of a nationwide healthy-eating movement initiated through the National School Lunch Program at the start of this school year. School districts participating in this federal reimbursement program, including Sandy Creek, now offer students healthy and balanced lunch options that are aligned with federal nutrition standards.

These new standards include larger portion sizes of fresh fruits and vegetables; a wider variety of vegetables to include dark green, red or orange vegetables or legumes; leaner protein products; fat free or 1% milk; and also mandates that half of all grains served must be whole grain-rich.

Through these standards the Sandy Creek Food Service Department is working with a registered dietitian to right-size menu options and reduce students’ fat, sugar and salt intake.

Well over 600 lunches are served each day in the district with students enjoying new lunch menu options that fit the following grade-specific calorie caps: 650 for elementary school; 700 for middle school; and 850 for high school.

For more information call 315-387-3445 or visit the district’s website at www.sccs.cnyric.org for daily lunch menu options.

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