School Lunch An Open Letter

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On behalf of the Superintendent of Schools
An open letter to parents of students in Geary County Schools USD 475;

Geary County Schools USD 475 is committed to meeting wellness guidelines and providing healthy food options for students. One of the aspects of wellness that we follow are government mandated nutrition guidelines. These guidelines include the requirement that certain items, such as grains, proteins, vegetables, and more be included in a well-balanced meal.

These mandates do not excuse, however, the lunch that was served on Friday, January 12, 2018 (originally scheduled to be served on Thursday, January 11, 2018). Though this meal met standards we agree that focus must also be placed on making our food more appealing to students. Providing food that students are more likely to consume will help encourage healthy eating habits and reduce food waste.

Students were served yogurt, cherry oat loaf, fresh red peppers, low-fat ranch dressing, pumpkin spiced, rosy applesauce, and milk. This meal was intended to be a fun day of experiencing new foods.

District Administration is aware of the concern that this meal has caused and apologizes for the poor execution of this nutritional experience for students.

As part of our wellness program, small committees of both students and school site councils are consulted and ideas are brought back to the USD 475 Childhood Nutrition Department for consideration. In this case, one group of students asked to try red peppers, another asked for yogurt, and a third group asked to be served pumpkin.

Our fault lies in combining these three suggestions into one meal instead of providing each item as a side dish or dessert to another more popular meal. District Officials will meet this week to take steps toward avoiding this issue in the future.

Thank you for your continued support of our students and our schools.