School Menus and Nutrition Information
MENUS - Updated for Spring
It's been a great school year so far and we are excited to be moving right along into spring as we wrap up another year soon. New menus for the Spring cycle are posted below. They feature a return of some favorite items, the addition of some new choices, and non-meat entree options on Fridays. We still have lots of fruits and vegetables- highlighted in the Harvest of the Month with Georgia & locally grown produce as well as healthy whole grain-rich foods.
MARCH's colorful refrigerator menus for Elementary schools CLICK HERE
Spring menus (Note: Spring cycle begins on March 6-10 with Week 4 menu)
Menus are posted as pdf. files. You can download Acrobat Reader for free to print these files.
A+ BREAKFASTS OFFERED
Our A+ Breakfast menu offers many daily
choices of kid-favorite and nutritious breakfast items so one is sure
to find something they love. Power Up for A+ learning with breakfast at
school. Research studies show that kids who eat breakfast feel better
and have higher scores on standardized tests. Many children's appetites
don't wake up right away, so breakfast at school is a great option -
convenient and it offers a healthy portion of protein, energy, vitamins
and minerals for learning and growth.
As a part of the Healthy, Hunger-free Kids
Act, USDA set limits on some key nutrients in school meals. To help us meet the lower sodium targets, nonfat chocolate milk is not offered as a breakfast
milk choice. We will continue to offer
the other Mayfield milk choices: skim, 1% low-fat, as well as nonfat, low-sugar
strawberry and vanilla flavored milks based on customer preferences. Students will be able to enjoy their favorite
nonfat chocolate milk at lunch. At many schools this year we will offer healthy yogurt & fruit smoothies as an entree choice in the breakfast meal.
Remember that eating breakfast at school is a convenient and a healthy
way to start the learning day.
Please note that schools try to serve the menus as planned; however there are times when the menu at any school may change without prior notice due to availability of foods or other circumstances at the individual school.
What does your student get in a school lunch?
School lunch meals include an entree with protein and whole grain-rich breads or grains, with 3-4 servings of fruits and vegetables with a focus on nutrient-rich dark green and red/orange vegetables, and legumes as choices, and skim or 1% lowfat milk. We also offer salad and sandwich meals that meet these same meal components. For $2.60 or less, school lunch is the BEST Meal Deal in town.
School Meals ARE Healthy!
See what we have done that may surprise you. Our menus were already great, but have been tweaked to meet the new federal meal patterns for each grade level.
- Menus highlight the focus on vegetable sub-groups of dark green, red-orange, and legumes with many choices and great new recipes.
- Multiple fruit choices offered daily.
- Salads are a combination of dark green romaine lettuce, spinach and organic spring mix complimented with low fat dressing choices.
- Grains served are Whole-Grain Rich with whole grain rolls and bread sticks, whole wheat tortillas, brown rice, whole grain pastas, whole grain flat bread and pizza crusts, and many more.
FOOD INGREDIENT INFORMATION
The School Nutrition Program office maintains a ±500 page notebook with the ingredient statements for all food products purchased for the school nutrition program. This information is gathered from actual food labels and manufacturer's product information statements. We will be working to update with New product info prior to the start of school.
Parents of children with food allergies or intolerances are encouraged to look at this notebook so that they can identify the food items that their child can or cannot consume to guide their child's food selections in school meals.
NOTE: This information is provided as a service and reflects the best information that we have or is available to us at the moment. Manufacturers may change product ingredients without our notice.
ALSO, in order to have adequate quantities of foods to serve over 25,000 school meals per day, the school nutrition program can receive substitutions by the distributor of foods other than those specified or listed here on very short notice. The program does not have the ability to notify parents or provide updated ingredient information on these substitutions. Please consider this when deciding which school meals your child should eat.
As a convenience, this information from the notebook resources is being compiled into pdf. files in to be viewed online. To acknowledge you have read the precautionary note above and to view ingredient files click HERE. This information is as of July 2016 and will be updated when any new items are added.