Schools prepare for new food guidelines

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – School vending machines will have a different look to them at the start of the next school year. On July 1, the USDA Smart Snacks for School will go into effect and ban certain foods within schools.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, guidelines call for more whole grain foods with lower calories and sodium, as well as more fruit and vegetable snacks.

Grade school students will be limited to plain water, low-fat milk and non-fat milk, as well as certain fruit or
vegetable juices. High School students will follow the same guidelines, but will be allowed to drink zero-calorie carbonated or non-carbonated beverages.

West Lafayette Superintendent Rocky Killion says his district made similar changes a few years ago. However, Killian said he is not sure if the federal guidelines will have much of an effect.

“It’s really hard to measure because it’s just a lunch over 180 days. If you really think about it, a child is eating a lot more than that just over those 180 days. What to me has more of an impact is what they do when they go home,” said Killian.

Tippecanoe School Corporation officials said they will have an administrative meeting Tuesday regarding smart snacks and possible changes.

News 18 was unable to reach the Lafayette School Corporation Food Service Director Monday afternoon.

blog comments powered by Disqus