With the hiring of new Food Service Director Rhonda Peckham before the summer, the Windham School District will see drastic changes to its school lunch menu for the fall.
The school district issued a letter to parents dictating all of the changes that will take place starting on the first day of school:
Dear Windham families,
This fall, Windham school cafeterias are meeting tough new federal nutrition standards for school meals, ensuring that meals are healthy and well-‐balanced and provide students all the nutrition they need to succeed at school. Now is a great time to encourage your kids to choose school lunch!
School meals offer students milk, fruits and vegetables, proteins and grains, and they must meet strict limits on saturated fat and portion size. Starting in School Year 2012-‐2013, 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
And less sodium
We’re always working to offer students healthier and tastier choices. Windham is a participating member of the Farm to School program, http://www.nhfarmtoschool.org/ and the New Hampshire Buying Group, a collaborative of 25 school districts in New Hampshire, representing nearly 60,000 students. The group’s mission is to economically procure quality food and paper products for our members while creating mutually beneficial long tern relationships with our vendors.
School meals are a great value and a huge convenience for busy families too! School meal prices will be as follows for 2012-‐2013; Elementary Schools, $2.10; Middle School, $2.20 and High School, $2.60. Parents have online access and online payment options through www.lunchprepay.com. Please contact Nutrition Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 537-‐2407 for your child’s ID number to set-‐up an account.
We look forward to welcoming your children to the cafeteria this fall. To find out more about Windham’s healthy school meals visit the district website at http://www.windhamsd.org/lunch.cfm , and to get the facts about school meals visit www.TrayTalk.org.
As previously reported by Windham Patch, lunch prices has risen as regulations require the district to close the gap between what the federal government reimburses them and what is being charged to the students.
The district has parted ways with the Abbey Food Group, which provided food services last year.