Our Food News page shared the headline back in December that the USDA issued a final rule on flexibilities granted to the nutritional guidelines governing child nutrition programs, including the National School Lunch Program. Basically, the provisions granted on a temporary basis in 2017 have now become permanent. In case you missed it, here's the gist of the news:

  1. Milk: Schools can now offer both skim and 1% white and flavored milk
  2. Whole Grain: Requires only 50% of the grains offered in a week to be whole grains
  3. Sodium: Target 1 sodium guidelines remain in effect, deferring indefinitely the three-phase reduction in sodium called for under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act

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As always, CKC Good Food monitors any changes to the federal nutritional guidelines to ensure our meals comply with USDA regulations. If you have questions about the nutritional content of our meals, please contact us or talk to your Field Operations Manager. 


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