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Good nutrition and learning go hand in hand.

The Lynnfield Food Service Department is pleased to announce that in accordance with the USDA's recent news release, breakfast and lunch will be free to all students regardless of their eligibility status, through December 31, 2020, or until funds run out. The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Purdue, announced these flexibilities to the Food Service programs to ensure that no matter the situation, all children would have access to nutrition meals while the country continues to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.

All students are eligible for free daily meals regardless of whether Lynnfield is in a remote or hybrid educational model. Lynnfield Food Service Department is working on a plan to make meals available to you via curbside picking M-F.

We are also pleased to announce that every child is entitled to 2 meals per day, 7 days a week, so we will have available multiple-day take home packs for every child under the age of 18.

We encourage all families to participate in this program. Not only does it ensure healthy nutritious meals for all students, but the more people that use this program, the better it is for our community in regard to funding and grants in the future. It will also help to keep our essential staff employed. Thank you for your support. 

 

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The Nutrition Services department is made up of a team of food and nutrition professionals that are dedicated to students' health, well being and their ability to learn. We support learning by promoting healthy habits for lifelong nutrition and fitness practices.

Meals, foods and beverages sold or served at schools meet state and federal requirements which are based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines. We provide students with access to a variety of affordable and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students.

Dear Parents of Lynnfield Students,

I would like to explain how the National School Lunch Program works in Lynnfield. We participate in the “Offer vs. Serve” program. A lunch must offer the 5 components of what the NSLP considers to be a well-balanced, nutritional, reimbursable meal. The 5 components are.

1. Meat or Meat alternative (Proteins such as Legumes, Tofu, Cheese)

2. Grains (Breads, Rice, Cereal, Pasta)

3. Fruits

4. Vegetables

5. Milk

Under the new Guidelines for any meal to be considered a well-balanced, nutritional, reimbursable meal, we must offer all 5 of these components, but your children only have to take 3 as long as one of their choices is a fruit or vegetable. This is why it’s called “offer vs. serve.” Your children may take all 5 components, but only have to take 3 for it to be considered a meal.

With the new regulations under the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, all grains have to be at least 51% Whole Grain (pasta has to be whole grain, rice, has to be brown rice, all of the breads for sandwiches have to be at least 51% Whole Grain). Knowing this the food service distributors, have tried to develop products that are not only compliant but also that your children will eat and enjoy.

Under the Massachusetts Competitive Foods & Beverage Bill all foods sold in public schools shall be compliant with state nutrition standards 30 minutes prior to the start of school to 30 minutes after school ends. All A la’ Carte items sold must have no more than 200 calories per item with no more than 35% of those calories coming from fat, less than 20% from saturated fat, and less than 30% from sugars with the exception of fruit and low-fat yogurt. No beverage shall contain caffeine or artificial sweeteners.

Free and Reduced Lunch program offers a well-balanced, nutritional, reimbursable meal to all families who are eligible, but it must qualify as a meal under the state and federal guidelines. A la’ Carte items are not included in this program (snacks, waters, extra servings). All of these items are to be paid for separately. 

We are striving to find healthy nutritious meals and snacks for your children under the state and federal guidelines that they enjoy. We use the John Stalker Institute A-list as a guide and all snacks sold are compliant with all of the aforementioned guidelines.

Please feel free to call me, Paula Pare, or Jillian Allen with any questions or if your child has dietary restrictions or allergies that you would like to discuss.

Sincerely,

James McCarthy

Food Service Director

781-334-7320

mccarthyjam@lynnfield.k12.ma.us