USDA requires five components be offered to qualify for a reimbursable meal. Meat/protein, Grains, Fruits, Vegetables and Milk. These components are designed to provide 1/3 of the recommended dietary allowances for key nutrients. The planned menu must also provide no more than 30% of total calories from fat, and less than 10% from saturated fat over the course of a week.
USDA recently published practical, science-based nutrition standards for snack foods and beverages sold to children at school during the school day. The standards, required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, will allow schools to offer healthier snack foods to children, while limiting junk food.
Any food sold in schools must:
• Be a “whole grain-rich” grain product; or
• Have as the first ingredient a fruit, a vegetable, a dairy product, or a protein food; or
· Be a combination food that contains at least ¼ cup of fruit and/or vegetable; or
· Contain 10% of the Daily Value (DV) of one of the nutrients of public health concern in the 2010 dietary guidelines for Americans.
Foods must also meet several nutrient requirements:
°Snack items: ≤ 200 calories
°Entrée items: ≤ 350 calories
Snack items: ≤ 230 mg**
Entrée items: ≤ 480 mg
Total fat: ≤35% of calories
Saturated fat: < 10% of calories
Trans fat: zero grams
Breakfast in The Classroom
At Murphy School District breakfast in the classroom is offered at all four of our schools. Offering BIC in the classroom is a simple way of improving the school environment and a way to ensure all children receive a nutritious breakfast. When children miss meals and feel hungry they are unable to focus on school.
Breakfast is brought to the classroom and students eat at their desks or a designated area in the classroom. When finished eating, students dispose of their trash. At the end of breakfast, the trash is left outside the classroom or can be brought to a central location for pickup by custodial staff.
Points to Remember!
BIC Takes About 10 – 15 Minutes to Serve, Eat and Clean-up
BIC Can Be Considered Part of Instructional Time by integrating breakfast time with classroom instruction (Please see Breakfast Time is Learning Time on the Murphy School District Website under Food and Nutrition)