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    Students Spoke, Child Nutrition Listened
     
    The Child Nutrition staff is reaching out to our students for their opinion on our school meals. This year, students in our district are in the process of sampling and taste testing new products to possibly be added to the menus for next school year. As we survey our students, they are very honest! Our awesome students will be giving us much insight on our new items and let us know if it will "make the cut". We learned that we are doing a lot of good things, but there are always room for improvement. We hear first hand from our students and we will continue to provide the most nutritious and yet affordable meals for our students. 
      
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    Breakfast in the Classroom
     
    Tangipahoa Parish supports Breakfast in the Classroom - an initiative to feed more children. Breakfast is important for keeping children focused, well behaved, and feeling well in school. Benefits of Breakfast in the Classroom include:
    • Hunger impairs a child's ability to learn - eating a nutritious breakfast will help prevent a child from being hungry at school.
    • Eating breakfast improves a child's academic performance by increasing their focus and concentration.
    • School breakfast improves the students' behavior, attendance, and tardiness.
    • School breakfast provides a child with a well-balanced, nutritious meal and can protect against childhood obesity.
    • School breakfast lowers the risk of food insecurity by making breakfast available to all students.

     a What teachers are saying about Breakfast in the Classroom

    • "When asked about the 10 minutes taken to eat, teachers reply they gain back more than 10 minutes with more focused teaching time." - Teacher, Rochelle Elementary, TX
    • "Students are more ready to learn and more relaxed in class. There are not as many discipline problems." - Teacher, Jackson Country High School, McKee, KY
    • "By 9 a.m. children were saying they were hungry and their tummy hurt, but with breakfast in the classroom, I don't have that." - Teacher, Albany Elementary, Albany, KY
    • "Breakfast has brought a sense of community and closeness to the classroom." - Ms. Rubis, a 4th grade teacher at North River Elementary School, which saw a 40% drop in student misconduct after program implementation

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    USDA Nutrition Guidelines for School Meals

    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) made recent changes to child nutrition program regulations. These changes were made to help raise a healthier generation of children. New regulations include:
    • More fruits and vegetables! Plates now have more fruits and vegetables on them. This means that children will get more vitamins and minerals in their meals. This will help keep the students healthy as they grow.
    • Colorful vegetables! Your child will be served a variety of colorful vegetables each week to meet the dietary guideline recommendations for consuming dark green, red/orange, beans/peas, and starchy vegetables. Encourage your child to eat a colorful diet!
    • Whole grains! Only whole grains will be offered to your child at school. Whole grains are full of healthy fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
    • Drink your milk! Fat-free (unflavored and flavored) and 1% low fat (unflavored) milk is offered to your child at each meal. Dairy is full of calcium and vitamin D; these nutrients are important for building strong bones so encourage your child to get their milk every day!
    • Lower sodium, trans fat free! Menus have been modified to reduce the amount of sodium and provide zero grams of trans fat in order to promote heart health.
    • All foods are included! Children have the option to select fruits, vegetables, proteins, whole grains, and dairy on their lunch plate every day. Having a balanced plate will ensure your child is getting all the nutrients they need for proper growth and academic success!
    • For more information about USDA's nutrition standards for schools, click here.
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    More Fruit at Breakfast
     
    Tangipahoa Parish School System is offering more fruit at breakfast - a minimum of 1 cup per day. Fruits are naturally high in vitamins and low in calories and fat. It is important to eat fruit as part of a healthy diet.