The purpose of this letter is to provide information in regards to the food service program. Many changes have taken place over the past seven years since the implementation of the Healthy Kids Act. The Healthy Kids Act was established to provide physical activity requirements for students in kindergarten through 12th grade and to establish nutritional content standards for food and beverages sold or provided on school grounds during the school day.

The chart below explains two things. First, it shows breakfast and lunch prices and why they are set at the amounts they are. It is important to understand that, with the exception of the second meal, prices are set by a state formula.

Second, the bottom portion of the chart shows you the guidelines that must be followed as far as serving sizes and the amount of calories, fat, and sodium that are allowed in a weeks worth of meals. Again, these amounts are state regulations that must be followed.

Finally, at the end of the 2014-15 school year the Maquoketa Community School District went through a state food audit/site visit. Out of this audit came state recommendations to no longer serve a stand-alone salad bar at Briggs and Cardinal Elementary Schools. The amount of waste was not justifying the cost. It is our hope to be able to incorporate the elements of the salad bar (i.e. carrots, celery) into the main menu more often.

If you ever have questions please do not hesitate to contact food service director, Laurie Morehead, at 563-652-2451.

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