ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) – Georgia students can expect to see more fruits and vegetables in their school lunches under new federal guidelines aimed at adding more nutrition to their diets.
Officials say students this year will see more varieties of vegetables, fruits and salads than at any time since federally subsidized lunch programs began in the 1940s.
Under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new standards, which became effective July 1, calorie limits are also set for meals.
Schools are now required to serve larger portions of fruits and vegetables, and students must take at least one fruit or vegetable serving per meal. Schools must offer dark green vegetables, orange/red vegetables and legumes at least once a week, eliminate all added trans-fat and serve only 1 percent or nonfat milk.