School Lunch Program
|Patti Patton||Food Services Supervisor||(860) 896-2348|
The Ellington School Lunch Program is sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Nutrition Services.
Our goal is to plan, prepare and serve nutritious meals, so our children are motivated to make healthy food choices at school.
The traditional food-based menu planning system requires specific food group components to be served in specific amounts for each age/grade level. The National School Lunch Program was established in 1946, this plan was designed to provide each child with 1/3 of the recommended dietary allowance per day.
Our mission is to provide students with a healthy lunch that meets 1/3 of their daily nutritional requirements according to the USDA guidelines.
Understanding the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA)
The purpose of the HHFKA is to ensure that meals are healthy and well balanced and provide students with all the nutrition they need to succeed at school. The good news is that much of the components of the HHFKA final ruling have already been in place in our school programs for some time, such as:
- Whole grain offerings
- Variety of fresh fruits and vegetables
- Focus on lean protein choices
- Healthy Food Certification
- Fat-free and low-fat milk
- Reduced sodium content
HHFKA mandates that school lunches have:
- Age-appropriate calorie limits
- Larger servings of vegetables and fruits
- Increased vegetable protein offerings, such as beans
- Smaller servings of proteins and carbohydrates
- For additional details on the HHFKA,visit the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service information site