Dear Parent or student,

Chartwells is the food service provider for your school district and is committed to providing your child with nutritious, balanced meals that fit criteria for the USDA National School Lunch program. National statistics show that "when children eat school lunch, they are more likely to consume milk, meats, grains and vegetables compared to students who don't, including students who bring lunch from home. They also have higher nutrient intakes — both at lunch and over the course of an entire day."

Cost-wise, school lunch is a great value offering all the daily variety that exceeds USDA guidelines at a price well below the cost of making lunches at home or buying from restuarants. A typical school lunch contains an entree, two servings of fruits and vegetables, a grain item and milk. From children to parents to teachers, everyone benefits when kids eat school lunch!"

School lunches are nutritious! In order to qualify as a federally reimbursable school lunch, meals must meet specific guidelines. Each school lunch must:

◦ Provide a variety of foods from MyPlate and meet one-third of children's daily calorie needs.
◦ Provide one-third of children's daily needs for "problem nutrients" — protein, vitamins A and C, iron and calcium.
◦ Limit the amount of fat to 30 percent or less of calories and saturated fat to 10 percent of calories when averaged over the course of a week.
◦ Offer a variety of milk options, including fat-free, low-fat and reduced-fat milk. Schools can also offer flavored milk and lactose-reduced milk.

The menus served in your school cafeterias exceed these nutritional guidelines mandated by the USDA. And, in conjunction with the Board of Education and the school district's admistrative leadership, we have made other significant changes & improvements to the dining program and now we need to ask "What's Next?" Please take a moment and complete this brief survey with your student so that together we ensure success of our students.

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. We need your feedback to have a superior program. All feedback, in conjuction with the USDA guidelines, will be used to develop the school lunch program.

1. Are you familiar with the mandatory changes to school lunches implemented by the USDA for 2012-13?