It's a New Day for Florida's School Lunches!
This fall, Florida school cafeterias are meeting tough new federal nutrition standards for school meals, ensuring that meals are healthy and well‐balanced and provide students all the nutrition they need to succeed at school. Now is a great time to encourage your kids to choose school lunch!
School meals offer students milk, fruits and vegetables, proteins and grains, and they must meet strict limits on saturated fat and portion size. Starting in School Year 2012‐2013, school lunches will meet additional standards requiring:
- Age‐appropriate calorie limits
- Larger servings of vegetables and fruits
- A wider variety of vegetables, including dark green and red/orange vegetables and legumes
- Fat‐free or 1% milk (flavored milk must be fat‐free)
- More whole grains
- Less sodium
Given Florida’s year‐round growing season and our abundance of fresh produce we believe that Florida has a prime opportunity to improve the nutritional
value of what we serve our students. The first step we want to take is to improve the nutritional value of what Florida school children are eating and, ultimately, raise a
healthier generation of students.
Welcome to the New Fresh for Florida Kids Website!
Thank you for visiting the Fresh for Florida Kids site at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. We hope this site will become food service professionals, parents, teachers, and student’s clearinghouse of information related to the Child Nutrition Programs.
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), Division of Food, Nutrition, and Wellness (FNW) administer Child Nutrition programs for the State of Florida. We know good nutrition is imperative to a child's growth, development and learning. It is our vision that every child in Florida will have access to a nutritious meal full of fresh fruits and vegetables and will be educated on making healthy choices and the importance of those choices on their life.