Meridian C.U.S.D. #223's lunch program receives high marks on State Nutrition Audit
An audit that was recently completed in Meridian School District 223 by the Illinois State Board of Education Nutrition Department concluded that all menus in the district’s lunch program are within specified guidelines. All school food authorities participating in the National School Lunch Program must undergo a School Meals Initiative (SMI) review on a cyclical basis. The review is part of the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) strategy to ensure school menus are in compliance with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and that they meet certain nutrient standards when averaged over a school week.
The guidelines are: less than 30% fat, less than 10% saturated fat, and Recommended Daily Allowances (RDA) for protein, calcium, iron, potassium, and Vitamin A and Vitamin C. M.C.U.S.D. 223 menus all contained the accurate food component and portion requirement for proteins, grains, fruits, vegetables and fluid milk items for school aged children at each grade level.