It is important for kids to get a healthy, balanced diet for proper growth and development. At East Guernsey Local School District, a new partnership with The Nutrition Group will encourage just that. As the new food service managing company, The Nutrition Group has already enhanced the current food program at our schools – monthly menus now feature an assortment of entrée selections with a variety of hot and cold choices, low-fat options, grab-n-go salads and wraps, and healthy snack and beverage choices.

In addition to feeding children their daily recommended nutrients as directed by the National School Lunch Program, Youth Advisory Councils have been assembled to promote communication between students and staff, giving everyone the opportunity to have a hand in the direction of the cafeteria program. The Nutrition Group also offer student programs about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle through colorful signs in the serving lines and interactive classroom lessons that make learning about nutrition fun.

Did you know there are specific food guidelines that schools need to meet on a daily basis? Five food groups are offered to students daily, and a variety of choices are always available. Students are offered one serving of meat, grains, fruit, vegetables and milk daily. From these five groups, students must choose three components to make up a complete, reimbursable meal as part of the National School Lunch Program. A variety of choices enables students to choose their favorite items to make lunch their way… the healthy way!