Food and Nutrition Services employs over 1300 professionals that include managers, team members, drivers, warehouse workers, and supervisors. School meals are planned by registered dietitians to reflect the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, ChooseMyPlate.gov, and student preferences as determined at student taste parties. Low cost, nutritious school meals are served to more than 140,000 customers every day and breakfast is offered in 164 schools and centers.
2012-2013 Menu Changes
When students return to school in September their lunch options will look different. The new, strict federal nutrition standards for school meals are based on the latest nutrition science by the Institute of Medicine and the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans. These changes will increase the cost of providing meals, but students will not have to pay more.
The ultimate goal of USDA's "the School Day just got Healthier" is to ensure students make school meal choices that complement the nutrition curriculum taught in the classroom so they are healthy, active, and ready to learn. Parents are critical partners and should review the daily menu with their children. New menu highlights include:
Penny McConnell, MS, RD, SNS
Administrative Assistant Fatima.Calcuttawalla@fcps.edu
Office of Food and Nutrition Services
6840 Industrial Road
Springfield, VA 22151
June 3, 2013