Octorara’s Lunches Getting Healthier

Schools 18 Jan 2014
Octorara’s Lunches Getting Healthier

Linda Neff, Octorara’s food services director, got a nice shout out on LancasterOnline yesterday regarding the implementation of new federal school lunch guidelines adopted by Octorara last year.

Deservedly so, small government conservatives on Octorara’s board were suspicious of the federal initiative when Neff presented the initiative’s key provisions to the board in the Fall of 2011.

The initiative’s aim, according to the LancasterOnline article, is to improve the quality and nutrition of lunches served in school cafeterias by serving more fruits, vegetables and grains while reducing the use of sugars, fats and salt in meal preparations. The focus of the program is to reduce childhood obesity.

Turns out school board members concerns were unfounded:

School cafeteria staff can breathe a sigh of relief.

They no longer have to choose between serving a “flimsy steak sandwich” or a satisfying one, according to Linda Neff, food service director at Octorara School District.

That’s because the U.S. Department of Agriculture has eliminated serving-size limits on proteins and grains for school lunch.

The decision makes permanent the serving-size flexibility granted last year to schools participating in the National School Lunch Program.

In a random survey of seven Lancaster County school districts, food service directors reacted positively to the change.

Read the entire LancasterOnline article which includes several aditional Neff quotes here.


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