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Smart Snacks In School
USDA Dietary Guidelines

Chartwells K12 serving up "happy and healthy" meals 

Enjoy free breakfast and lunch during this entire school year!  Come eat "healthy and happy" meals, free!

Pop-up Discovery Kitchen at Long Beach Schools offers students a chance to taste fresh, seasonal and locally grown foods this month through taste tests at each cafeteria.  The discovery kitchen is just another way LBSD School Nutrition and its food and wellness partner Chartwells k12 are bringing nourishing food to life for the entire school community.

This week, Director of Dining for Chartwells, Halfa Morris offers today's fresh innovative menu item, Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese.  The Discovery Kitchen will be at Reeves Elementary October 22 and At Quarles Elementary on October 23rd.

Discovery Kitchen & Seed to Table

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Important Facts about School Meals:

School meals Have no more than 30% of calories from fat and less than 10% from saturated fat per week.

⋅ School meals meet 1/3 of the RDA for protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, iron, calcium and calories per week.

⋅ School meals offer a variety including pasta, salads, Southern favorites, ethnic dishes, fresh fruits and vegetables

  and many other kid-approved menu items.  You can leave the menu planning to us.

Why Eat School Meals?

Research indicates that school meals provide three times as many dairy products, twice as much fruit and seven times more vegetable amounts than lunches brought from home.  School meals were lower in fat, and provide more nutrients overall.

School lunch vs. Commercial "Lunchables"

                  School Lunch               Lunchables

         Cost:       $2.75                    $2.99

          Fat:       30%                        42%

Saturated Fat:      <10%                        18%

     Beverage:  Milk(high in Calcium)     Sugary fruit drink

Fruit/Vegetables: Fruits & Vegetables     Lacks Fruit & Vegetable

                        COST OF MEALS

    Student Lunch  $2.75            Student Breakfast $1.75

    Reduced Lunch  $ .40            Reduced Breakfast $ .30 

    Adult Lunch    $3.50            Adult Breakfast  $2.10

    Guest Lunch    $3.50            Guest Breakfast  $2.50

    Extra Lunch    $2.85            Extra Breakfast  $1.85