Food and Nutrition
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Food & Nutrition Services
To prepare all student for learning by offering nutritious meals and quality service at affordable prices.
Each day, the Food and Nutrition Department serves approximately 12,000 lunches and 3,500 breakfasts, providing students with the nutrition necessary for healthy growth and intellectual development. We view school meals as an extension of the classroom, and believe our team plays an important role in the education process. We are committed to provide well-balanced healthy school meals that meet federal nutrition standards and we strive for nutrition integrity because it’s important to the families we serve.
School meals provide the right balance of protein, dairy, grain, fruits and vegetables; along with age-appropriate portion sizes to ensure students get proper nutrition and the energy they need.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
- Whole Grains that include breads, buns, pastas, pizza, chicken nuggets etc.
- Increased fruit and vegetable options are a nutrient dense choice that leaves you feeling satisfied and full.
- Reduced fat and sugar items provide all of the same nutrients without the unnecessary calories.
- Lower sodium is the result of fresh, prepared ingredients.
SCHOOL MEALS HELP STUDENTS DO BETTER IN SCHOOL
- Research has shown that students who eat school meals perform their best academically.
- Students who eat school breakfast have greater gains in standardized test scores and show improvements in math, reading, and vocabulary scores. 1
- Healthy eating correlates with less trips to the school nurse and less absenteeism.
- Providing nutritious school breakfast on testing days lead to improved test scores.
PARENTS AND SCHOOL NUTRITION PROFESSIONALS SHARE THE SAME GOALS
- Developing and modeling a healthy lifestyle.
PARENTS ARE ROLE MODELS. HOW TO GET INVOLVED
- Encourage healthy eating and lifestyles at home for you and your kids—actions speak louder than words.
- Review the cafeteria menu with your kids to help them plan for a balanced meal.
- Join your kids for school lunch or school breakfast.
- Review the Cedar Rapids District’s Wellness Policy.
Students who eat school meals provided by the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs are more likely to be at a healthy weight. Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medic
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It is the policy of the Department of Education not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, gender, disability, religion, age, political party affiliation, or actual or potential parental, family or marital status in its programs, activities, or employment practices as required by the Iowa Code sections 216.9 and 256.10(2), Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act of 1973, Title IX, Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act of 1973), and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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