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Archimedean Academy offers healthy breakfast and lunch prepared daily in the cafeteria. Our in- house-chef uses quality ingredients to prepare a variety of balanced meals. Each meal consists of protein, grains, vegetables, fruit and dairy products. We take pride in serving quality, healthy meals to our students.
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY AS OUR POLICIES HAVE CHANGED
Archimedean Students but also Students Across the Nation Will See a Change in What is Being Served in School Cafeterias
Archimedean Students as well as Students across the nation will see a change in what is being served in their local school cafeterias this year due to new mandates by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The changes have caused us to have to revamp the way we do meal planning for our Schools.
Under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, in an effort to reduce obesity in the United States, schools are now being required to serve larger portions of fruits and vegetables, while putting a maximum limit on the amount of protein and grains that can be served per week.
While we are in favor of increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables, the USDA is now mandating that students have to take at least half a cup for it to be considered a reimbursable meal. We have to serve more fruits and vegetables.
For example, not only have they specified how much vegetables students will be required to take, schools now have weekly requirements for the type of vegetables they need to serve in various categories per week.
Categories include dark green, red/orange, and starchy vegetables as well as beans/peas and vegetables that fall into the other category such as artichokes, asparagus, avocado, cauliflower, celery, mushrooms, beets and cucumbers.
One of the biggest problems we are running into with the new mandates is the maximum limit of meats and meat alternates we can serve. Meat and meat alternates are factored into serving limits of 2 ounces per meal in the protein category and include such items as cheese, peanut butter and beans.
Where last year we were instructed only on minimum quantities to be served, this year we are also instructed on maximum quantities to be served.
For example, we were serving over 3 ounces of meat and 1 ounce of cheese on our sandwiches, now that same sandwich would have to have 1 1/2 ounces of meat and 1/2 ounce of cheese under the new requirements.
To some of us it may seem that 2 ounces is not a lot of protein, especially for a growing high school student. For K-8 grades, the protein limit has been set to 1 ounce of protein per meal.