Hoover City Schools' Child Nutrition Program (CNP) strives to provide students with the best possible nutrients under the best possible health & safety conditions, in the most pleasant, relaxing atmosphere possible. We aim to nurture the physical and scholastic development of our students by providing high quality, nutritious meals and to motivate healthy food choices by offering nutrition education.
Breakfast and Lunch options are available each day for all students in Hoover City Schools. Both Breakfast and Lunch meals are included in the Free/Reduced Priced Program.
Our program exists to serve the students. We hope you will find our section of the HCS website useful and resourceful - offering insight into our cafeteria operations, child nutrition staff and the nutritional content of our food offerings. Our purpose and mission is to help students perform at their peak, all thanks to proper nutrition!
Healthy Changes in School Cafeterias
Despite limited budgets, school districts nationwide have been improving school meals and working to teach students to make healthy choices in school cafeterias and at home. Many schools are making kid favorites using leaner meats, whole grain ingredients and less sodium or added sugar. All food in Hoover City Schools is baked or steamed, never fried. Students are encouraged to try more fresh produce through fruit and vegetable taste tests, Farm to School programs, salad bars, school gardens and kids cooking competitions. Hoover City Schools and the School Nutrition Association know that parents are critical partners in teaching children to make nutritious food choices at school. Learn how you can get involved and support healthy school meals at School Meals That Rock or at the School Nutrition Association
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, Public Law 111-296, enacted in December 2010
Requires the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop nutrition standards for “competitive foods” - items sold in vending machines, snack bars and a la carte lines in competition to the reimbursable school meal
Requires USDA to update the current meal pattern (nutrition standards) for school meals
Does NOT affect food brought from home or served in classroom parties. Please refer to the District Wellness Procedure Handbook for more guidance on classroom parties.
USDA’s New Meal Pattern (Nutrition Standards) for School Meals, released January 2012, effective starting July 2012, establishes maximum calorie and sodium limits for meals (sodium limits are phased in over 10 years)
Requires schools to serve larger portions of fruits and vegetables. Students must take at least 1/2 cup serving of a fruit or vegetable per reimburseable meal. Schools must also offer a minimum number of servings of dark green vegetables, orange/red vegetables and legumes per week
As of July 1st, 2014, all grains offered to students must be whole grain-rich.
Requires milk to be 1% or nonfat (flavored milk must be nonfat)
Maintains current limits on fat: no more than 1/3 of school lunch (1/4 of school breakfast) calories can come from fat; less than 10% from saturated fat
USDA's New "Smart Snacks Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in Schools, effective July 1st, 2014, establishes nutrition standards for any food sold in schools, including fundraisers.