Nutrition program is certified
School Nutrition program is 6-cents certified
Posted on 06/26/2013
It is a challenge to prepare meals that children will eat but that task is magnified when you also must meet strict government regulations related to nutrition content.  The lunchroom ladies in Floyd County Schools have been successful in both as the system has met all qualifications of the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) new meal pattern for breakfast and lunch.  Floyd County Schools is now 6-cents certified to receive 6-cents reimbursement for all school lunches served.

In recognition of the great effort required for receiving this award, GaDOE SNP recently presented Donna Carver, Director of School Nutrition for Floyd County Schools, with a plaque to commemorate its 6-cents certification status. "The new regulations as defined in the Healthy Hunger Free Child Act, are a challenge but our school system was already implementing many of the healthy ideas that are in the regulations," Carver stated.  "We are excited to achieve this certification as the school nutrition program continues to play a vital role in the education of the children of our community."

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA), signed by President Obama in 2010 required the implementation of changes in the meal pattern for school lunches and breakfasts served in cafeterias throughout the US.  As an incentive to implement these changes early, HHFKA also requires that an additional 6 cents be reimbursed to school districts which certify that each meal served meets the requirements of the new meal. 

Although the USDA timeline for changes identified in the new meal pattern is phased in over several years, school districts may choose to implement changes beforehand.  The qualification requires that the school district be in compliance with the new meal pattern for both lunch and breakfast.