All of our meals are baked or steamed; we do not have fryers in our kitchens. All of our bread and grain products are whole grain including pasta, rice, sandwich breads, breaded chicken and pizza crust. Students may choose 2 different vegetables with their lunch at no extra charge. Vegetable choices include salads, fresh cut up veggies, steamed veggies, or vegetable soup. Students may choose 1 serving of fruit with their lunch; a second serving can be purchased a la carte. Fruit choices include fresh, canned in light syrup or natural juice, or a 4 ounce serving of 100% fruit juice (offered 2 times per week as a fruit choice). All milk choices are 1% fat or fat free, and all meals are analyzed for their nutritional value and meet the US Dietary Guidelines for each age group. Thank you for your interest and participation in our program. We look forward to serving you.
Connecticut Healthy Food Initiative
The West Hartford Board of Education has chosen to follow the State of Connecticut Healthy Food Initiative. All foods and beverages sold to students in school buildings during the school day must meet established standards for fat, saturated fat and trans fat, added sugar, and portion size.
At all schools, breakfast and lunch meals will, when averaged over the course of a week, meet the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Fresh fruit will be offered daily, fresh vegetables will be offered a minimum of two times per week, and whole grains will be offered at least three times per week. Beverage choices will be limited to low fat flavored or unflavored milk, 100% fruit juices, and water. A choice of two fruits and/or vegetables will be offered for sale a la carte each day including but not limited to fresh fruit, canned fruit in fruit juice or light syrup, 100% fruit juice, fresh vegetables, or cooked vegetables. A serving of fruit and a serving of vegetable is included daily with each meal.
Elementary School Students will be limited to one a la carte snack per day.
At all schools, a la carte packaged snacks will meet the following standards:
- Total fat - No more than 35% of total calories and 7 grams per package.
- Saturated fat - No more than 10% of calories and 2 grams of fat per package.
- No trans fats
- Added Sugars - No more than 35% by weight and 15 grams per package and no artificial sweetners or sugar alcohols.
- Sodium - No more than 200 milligrams per package.
- Caffeine - No caffeine with the exception of trace amounts that are naturally occurring.
- No partially hydrogenated oils
Healthier US School Challenge
All 16 schools in West Hartford have been certified by the United States Department of Agriculture's Healthier US School Challenge (HUSSC). Our district was the first in all of New England and New York to have 100% of its schools certified under this voluntary national certification!
HUSSC supports First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move campaign and encourages schools to strengthen their focus on nutrition, healthy eating and physical activity during the school day. These goals have a clear link to improved student achievement and behavior, and West Hartford continues to be a leader in promoting the well being of its students. The West Hartford cafeterias exceed the USDA standards for serving whole grains, low fat dairy products, and fresh fruits and vegetables. All foods are steamed or baked, and we are modifying recipes and purchasing entrees with reduced levels of sodium and cleaner labels.
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