“I don’t think it’s going to hit Wicomico County much:” USDA updates school nutrition standards

DELMARVA– The Wicomico County Public School District is weighing in on the recently updated school nutrition standards made by The U.S. Department of Agriculture.

They’ll start in the 2022-2023 school year. The USDA said they’re giving schools time to transition from current pandemic operations towards healthier meals.

The rule requirements will allow schools to offer flavored-low fat milk (1% fat) for students in grades K through 12, in addition to unflavored, low-fat milk and flavored or unflavored nonfat milk. Also, at least 80% of the grains served in breakfast and lunches each week must be whole-grain rich.

“I don’t think it’s going to hit Wicomico County much because some of the things we are already working on, we already have in place,” Eric Goslee, the Food Service Director for Wicomico Public Schools, said. “I think it will be a benefit to our students to have them have some better choices.”

Another rule was put in place for sodium standards. In, the school year 2022 to 2023 the sodium limit for meals will remain the same, but for school lunch during 2023 to 2024 the limit will decrease by 10%.

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