Child Nutrition plays an important role in the education of every student in the district. Our Child Nutrition personnel are dedicated to making certain every child is fed well-balanced, nutritious meals each day.
Federal Nutrition standards bring school meals in line with the Dietary Guidelines while providing students with the nutrition they need to succeed in school. The school meal standards are based on recommendations from the Institute of Medicine to increase consumption of fruits and vegetables while setting age appropriate calorie ranges. Providing thorough food and nutrition education is a key ingredient in preparing the students to establish life-long healthy eating habits.
School lunch offers students 5 components (grain, protein, fruit, vegetable and dairy) at lunch. A student must select 3 out of the 5 offerings to make a reimbursable meal. Additionally, West Clermont offers breakfast each morning and in every Cafeteria within the District. For available Breakfast serving times, please contact your students school Cafeteria. Times vary depending on location. Meals are created with your child in mind. Each meal is designed to provide a balanced, nutritious meal with less than 30% total calories from fat.
Child Nutrition personnel encourage every student to take each of the offered components at every meal. Meal components are comprised of the complex carbohydrates found in whole grains, fiber rich fruits and vegetables and proteins. A diet rich in complex carbohydrates leads to longer satiety of the student which leads to better concentration in the classroom.
There is an academic benefit to rethinking school meals and breakfast in particular. Research shows that, on average, students who eat school breakfast achieve 17.5% higher scores on standardized math tests and attend 1.5 more days of school per year.
In order for our students to succeed in the classroom, we need to give them the best possible start to their day. We do this by making certain they start the day with a full stomach so they are ready to learn. By participating in the school lunch and breakfast programs, we can set our students on a path to success and make no child hungry a reality.