A U.S. Department of Agriculture food official is to talk with Perrysburg High School students and staff on Monday about healthier eating.
USDA Food and Nutrition Service Administrator Audrey Rowe is expected to talk about the federal agency's new healthier school meals standards and the district’s efforts to support healthier food choices by students.
"Improving the nutrition of school meals is an important investment in the future of America's children," said Kevin Concannon, Agriculture Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services. "We know that healthy food plays a vital role in strengthening a child's body and mind and the healthier school meals will help to ensure our children can learn, grow, and reach their full potential."
The USDA’s school meals standards are a key component of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. The meals requirements are the first significant changes to the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs in more than 15 years. Implementation of most school lunch requirements begins with this academic year.
“We’re grateful for this opportunity to help the USDA see how their new school meal standards impact our cafeterias, and for our students and staff members to be able to share their thoughts,” stated Thomas L. Hosler, Perrysburg Schools superintendent.