The new federal nutrition standards present challenges and opportunities as school meals will include more fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and introduce other important changes to remain in compliance with State & Federal Regulations and Requirements.
To complement the work schools are doing to introduce the school meal changes, the Texas Department of Agriculture developed these materials for review. It includes resources to help schools create menus that meet the new standards, communicate the changes to stakeholders in the community and help students choose healthy food at school and at home. We encourage you to have these materials available to ensure everyone has the information they need to understand the new nutrition standards. You will find each resource online at www.SquareMeals.org. Click any item to view larger.
The fact sheet outlines basic information about the new nutrition standards in a simple format.
This flier, tailored to address parents’ concerns, provides an introduction to the nutrition standards in both English and Spanish.
Each timeline lists the appropriate portion sizes and the school year when each change goes into effect.