Healthy Meals Appearing on Fitchburg School Menus
FITCHBURG -- Fitchburg Public Schools is offering healthy meal options with fresh and locally grown items.
Meals come with an entree, cup of fruit, cup of vegetables, and milk for free. Students who bring their lunches can also get some of the add-ons at no cost.
“We work to ensure that our meals are well-balanced and offer students all the nutrition they need to succeed in school,” the district said in a statement.
Each week, the schools offer a variety of produce, starchy vegetables, and legumes. Fruit is served daily with lean protein, whole grains, and low-fat or fat-free milk.
Calorie and sodium restrictions limit the district from letting students buy second entrees, like a pizza, without a healthy add-on, like vegetables or fruit.
“This is to ensure there’s an additional nutritional component,” said Dave Semenza, director of nutrition services for the district.
These changes were made during the 2016-17 school year.
The district also aims to make meals from scratch, he said, adding that of the chicken meals and mashed potatoes are prepared that way.
Across its eight schools, the district serves about 4,000 lunches and 2,500 breakfasts a day, Semeza said.
Menus from the district follow the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act dietary guidelines and regulations by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.