The 2014-15 school year kicked off with a requirement from the USDA that all foods sold at school during the school day must meet nutrition standards. The Smart Snacks in School regulation was applied to foods sold a la carte, in the school store, and vending machines. Prior to the publishing of the Smart Snacks rule, 39 States already had nutrition standards in place. A number of tools and resources have been made available to help schools identify food items that meet Smart Snacks criteria and to encourage children to make healthier snack choices that give them the nutrition they need to grow and learn.
As the weather is warm and the excitement of the school year comes to a conclusion, The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) ensures that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals and snacks when school is not in session. Free meals will be made available to children 18 years old and under. Persons over 18 years of age who are determined by a state or local public educational agency to be mentally or physically disabled and who also participate in a public or private nonprofit school program during the regular school year may receive free meals as well.
As a result, responsible food companies such as Great Western Products (GWP) have introduced several new nutritional items that follow the new programs and guidelines. To name a few, GWP has recently launched a new lighter oil blend call Sun-Lite. In addition to supporting the nutritional requirements, GWP has produced new smart snack popcorn packs providing a favorite snack for any school age.
One example is the Sunglo product in which the company removed yellow number five and yellow number seven dyes and converted the buttery flavoring in the salt to a natural flavor.
For more advice on how to make your Summer Food Service Programs a hit, visit www.gwproducts.com or contact Great Western directly at 1-800-239-2143 prompt #2 –Customer Service.
Source: Great Western Products Company
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