Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Bridgewater-Raritan High students react to the relaxing of the new school lunch regulations.
Despite previous complaints from Bridgewater-Raritan High School students about the lack of fresh food in the cafeteria, now that federally mandated restrictions on cafeteria food have been lifted for the remainder of the year, many are split over whether going back is the right decision. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it was eliminating requirements set out through the 2010 Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, which will allow the district to add more proteins and grains back into its lunch menus for the remainder of the 2012-2013 school year. Superintendent of Schools Michael Schilder has said that in the coming weeks, students will start seeing increased protein and grain portions on certain menu items where those calorie …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The restrictions on school lunches have been relaxed by the USDA for the remainder of the 2012-13 year.
Superintendent of Schools Michael Schilder said the district will be adding in more proteins and grains to its lunch menus after the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it was eliminating requirements set out through the 2010 Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act. "The USDA recently relaxed the required maximum quantities for grains and meats in the National School Lunch Program," he said. "The maximums were new this year to the school meal program and caused significant challenges in planning and serving meals especially to students in the middle and high schools." With the new regulations, Schilder said, older students felt like they were not getting enough food for lunch as opposed to previous years. But now, Schilder said, there will be …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Students have said the new portions were just too small.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Friday that it is eliminating smaller portions and other requirements already set out for school lunches for the rest of the 2012-2013 school year, according to an article on Parsippany Patch. According to the article, the U.S. Department is also eliminating the requirements concerning grains and proteins, all mandated by the federal 2010 Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act. Under the law, portion sizes for protein and grains were cut in favor of adding fruit and vegetable servings. Students in the Bridgewater-Raritan School District have said they noticed an increase in healthier foods offered, but were often preferring not to eat them. Many said portions were significantly reduced, while prices were …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Many would like to see a return to larger portions and cheaper prices.
Students have noticed an increase in healthier foods offered for school lunches, but, for many, that’s not necessarily enough to make them eat healthier. Bridgewater-Raritan business administrator Peter Starrs said the district participates in a child nutrition program that funds meals at the schools, and the USDA has implemented new food regulations. This is all being done through the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, which was put in place to combat obesity. School districts that do not comply are levied hefty fines. But that’s not enough to satisfy students at Bridgewater-Raritan High School. “On the upside, there are more healthy sides like beans and salads that come with meals,” said senior Amulya Yalamanchili. “On the downside, portions …
Monday, October 8, 2012
And a discussion is possible on the new lunch requirements.
The board of education will be holding its work meeting Tuesday, and Superintendent of Schools Michael Schilder is preparing to make a report on violence and vandalism in the district for the end of the 2011-2012 school year. The report is made about two times a year on incidents of violence in the past few months of the school year. The last report was made in January, and 27 cases of bullying were confirmed in the district through December 2011. With concerns being spread throughout the district, and across the state, finance committee chairwoman Lynne Hurley is expected to talk about the new lunch requirements, which have led to higher costs and less food all in the name of pushing healthy eating among students. Students have expressed …
Students are complaining of smaller lunches, higher prices.
Monday, October 8, 2012
The recent changes to school lunches are all the talk right now, and students have expressed concerns that prices have risen and lunches are no longer filling. In Parsippany, students at the high school have staged a strike, refusing to buy food in the cafeteria and opting instead to brown-bag their lunches. Bridgewater-Raritan business administrator Peter Starrs said the district participates in a child nutrition program that funds meals at the schools, and the USDA has implemented new food regulations. This is all being done through the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, which was put in place to combat obesity. School districts that do not comply are levied hefty fines. But students at the Bridgewater-Raritan High School have said that …
Monday, October 1, 2012
Prices increased and portions decreased this year under new federally mandated program.
Lunch prices have increased throughout the school district, but portion size has decreased, and many students are not feeling satisfied after their lunch periods, according to the board of education’s student representatives. The student representatives—who are chosen by the high school administration and share information from the school at board meetings—expressed concern at the Sept. 24 board of education meeting that students are having to pay higher prices for lunches, but getting smaller portions. They said students are not feeling as full at the end of their lunch periods. Business administrator Peter Starrs said the district participates in a child nutrition program that funds meals at the schools, and the USDA has implemented new …