My student is complaining of being hungry after school, what is different this year?

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Short answer is: We have reduced our portion sizes for grains and protein and increased our fruit and vegetable offerings to give the students as much nutrition as possible in their lunch meal.

The long answer is: School lunches now include more fruits, vegetables, and whole grain-rich foods; only fat-free or low-fat milk; “right-size” meals with portions designed for a child’s age; and less saturated fat, trans fat and sodium. The changes in school meals, the first in 15 years, are based on the latest nutritional guidelines.

Here are some important facts about the new school meals:

The new school lunch provides 1/3 of the average daily calorie needs for kids by age.

Some highly active students, like athletes, may need more calories. Students and/or sports teams can also bring food from home.

Overall, many students are being served the same amounts of protein as before under the new standards.