What We Do...
Hoover City Schools Child Nutrition Program (CNP) strives to provide students with the best possible nutrients each day for breakfast and lunch under the best possible health & safety conditions. 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.
Healthy Changes in School Cafeterias
School districts across America have been improving school meals and have worked to educate students with regard to making healthy choices at school 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 cooking competitions.
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, Public Law 111-296 (Dec. 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 Meal Pattern (Nutrition Standards) for School Meals establishes maximum calorie/sodium limits for school meals
- 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 reimbursable 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 (July 2014) established nutrition standards for any food sold in schools, including fundraisers
- Additional information on Smart Snacks in Schools can be found at: http://healthymeals.nal.usda.gov/smartsnacks