Schools that provide breakfast to all students have shown decreases in tardiness and suspensions, as well as improved student behavior and attentiveness.
Better With Breakfast!
Not just for testing anymore!
All kids benefit from starting the day with a healthy breakfast. Research shows that kids who eat breakfast regularly tend to be more alert in school, and, therefore, are able to learn better. They also are less likely to be overweight than kids who skip breakfast regularly.
At HVS our School Breakfast meal numbers have increased annually. A healthy breakfast is not just for testing days!
Our school breakfasts must meet one-fourth of a child's daily need for protein, calcium, iron, vitamins A and C, and calories, in accordance with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. While types of food vary somewhat, because these specific nutritional guidelines must be met, children can expect a dairy choice such as low-fat or fat-free milk or yogurt; 100-percent juice or fruit and/or vegetable; a grain- or whole grain-based product such as cereal, toast or waffles; and sometimes hot options such as eggs or meat or meat alternative. Hardboiled eggs and cheese sticks may be offered as well.
Why Skip Out on Breakfast?
All households have their reasons. In some cases, getting kids up and out the door on time takes all the energy mom or dad can muster at that hour of the day. Perhaps others may have financial issues that make obtaining nutritious food a challenge. And there may be kids who, like many adults, just find it difficult to eat first thing in the morning.
The Good News At HVS
Huron Valley School participates in the USDA's School Breakfast Program, a program modeled after the National School Lunch Program to provide nutritious breakfasts to all students, regardless of income. A paid breakfast at HVS is 1.25 for elementary students and 1.50 for middle and high school students.
Huron Valley Schools is currently piloting breakfast programs for students that increase availability and decrease barriers to a healthy breakfast: Breakfast in the Classroom, Second Chance Breakfast and Grab & Go Breakfasts.
Food Service News
Apollo and Elementary Menus have gone digital on nutrislice! Middle and High School Menus will follow! Check out the video below to learn more!
Apollo Center & Elementary Menus:
Apollo Center & Elementary Lunch menus have gone digital! You can easily view:
- The most up-to-date menus
- Nutrition content
- Allergen alerts
- Carb counts
Please visit visit https://hvs.nutrislice.com/ or download the nutrislice app for free today!
Free & Reduced Lunch Information
Free & Reduced Information 2018-2019
Children need healthy meals to learn. Huron Valley School District offers healthy meals every school day. Breakfast costs $1.25 for (elementary) and $1.50 for middle and high school; lunch costs $2.50 for (elementary) and $2.75 - $3.50 for middle and high school. Your children may qualify for free meals or for reduced price meals. Reduced price is $0.30 for breakfast and $0.40 for lunch. This packet includes an application for free or reduced price meal benefits, and a set of detailed instructions. Below are some common questions and answers to help you with the application process.
HVS Meal Accountability Procedures
The purpose of having meal accountability procedures is to establish a consistent and clear student meal purchasing process throughout the district.
Credit Card Payments
To make a credit card payment for your child's lunch account, please visit our Family Access page. In Family Access a 'make online payment' button is available under the food service link. You will be redirected to Payschools and you can complete your payment there.
Below are helpful resources you can use:
USDA Choose MyPlate
Let's Eat for the Health of It
Fuel Up to Play 60
Changing the Scene - Improving the School Nutrition Environment
USDA Recipes for Schools
USDA Recipe Finder
MyPlate for Kids: Make Half Your Plate Fruits and Vegetables Poster
Fruits and Vegetables Galore: Helping Kids Eat More
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Food Safety for Fruits & Veggies
Read It! Poster
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Information
USDA Unveils Historic Improvements to School Meals
In an effort to curb the rise in childhood obesity and related health issues, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service published the final rule establishing new national nutrition standards for school meals on January 26, 2012. The new meal pattern for the National School Lunch Program will be effective July 1, 2012; changes to the School Breakfast Program will be phased in beginning July 1, 2013. The new requirements raise the standards for school meals for the first time in more than 15 years.
Nearly 32 million children participate in school meal programs every day; the healthier meal standards are a key component of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, supported by First Lady Michelle Obama as part of her "Let's Move" campaign. USDA built the new rule around recommendations from a panel of experts convened by the Institute of Medicine using key changes from the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The new guidelines are designed to encourage the types of changes at school that many parents are already trying to encourage at home, such as offering both fruits and vegetables each day, using more whole grain products, making portion sizes age appropriate and reducing amount of saturated fat, trans fats, sodium and added sugar.
I'd like to note that the USDA received an unprecedented 132,000 public comments on its proposed standards and made modifications to the proposed rule where appropriate, for example, the limit on corn and potatoes was lifted. The major change from current requirements as compared to the new requirements focus on: At lunch, students must be served larger portions of fruits and vegetables each day, there are weekly requirements for dark green, red/orange vegetables and legumes. At least half of the grains must be whole grain-rich beginning July 1, 2012. Beginning July 1, 2014, all grains must be whole grain rich. Any unflavored milk must be 1% and all flavored milk must be skim or fat free. An additional requirement is that drinking water must be available for students in the eating area without restriction.
Over the past several years, the HVS Food Service Department has kept ahead of the curve by making changes gradually and students have become more acceptable of healthier options. For example, this school year, 75% of our grain products are whole grain, all of our milk is 1%, we are increasing the amounts of fruits and vegetables offered every day. For example, middle and high schools now offer a side salad, a hot vegetable, small fry (in soy oil), fresh fruits, canned fruits in natural juice, carrots and veggie medleys as choices of fruits and vegetables. Lakeland only served fries three times per week and has begun to conduct "samplings" of fresh steamed, roasted vegetables such as asparagus, squash and sweet potatoes. We are working with a new produce supplier from whom we can get fresh, locally-grown products. With food service funds, we purchased a new steamer/kettle unit which allows us to cook in a healthier way.
We are working on gathering a group of elementary students to sample and evaluate whole grain pizzas which they would find acceptable for next school year. As we try new products, we are actually observing less tray waste; breakfast participation has increased 18% over last year and lunch has increased 2%.
The Federal Government is providing an additional $.06 per lunch if we comply with these changes. For all of us who grocery shop, we know $.06 doesn't go very far. But we will do our best knowing that nutrition is not nutrition if it's in the trash can. We want to involve students in testing food. We want to involve all areas of the school campus and promote a unified nutrition message: Schools should offer healthy, wholesome meal and snack items at school, in vending machines, in school stores, and use non-food items as classroom rewards and for fundraisers. This challenge is worth it; it is in the best interest of our children!