ALBANY, N.Y. – Nutritional professionals will be in Albany Tuesday to taste new school lunch options to determine if they meet the new federal guidelines.
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act passed in 2010 outlining new regulations to make school lunches healthier. The federal school lunch program called for more fruits, vegetables and whole grains on students’ lunch trays.
However, the changes proved to be a challenge for many schools to feed students a balanced meal while staying within a budget.
Some schools in the Capital Region decided to opt out of the federal program because students were still hungry after their meal resulting in students bringing their own packed lunches.
Schools also argued that they could offer nutritious meals but couldn’t force students to eat or like the food.
The tasting event at the Polish Community Center will feature food options provided by vendors and food service providers that are lower in sodium, fat, calories and sugar but foods that student s will still enjoy.
During the event, nutrition professionals will sample the new products to decide what will end up in Capital Region cafeterias. The foods will be scrutinized for their nutritional value as well as meeting monetary guidelines.
The tasting event is scheduled to take place between 1:30 and 4 p.m.