January 23, 2013
In the 2012-13 school year, new, national school lunch standards took effect in schools across the country. Niskayuna school officials worked hard to implement the changes, as they continued to pay attention to student and parent feedback and the district's need to run a cost effective program. As a result of student and parent feedback, and a significant decrease in students buying lunch, the district decided to opt-out of the National School Lunch Program in January 2013.
Despite this change, school meals continue to be nutritious and well-rounded.
In particular, here are the changes that students will notice:
Some elements of our school lunch program will remain the same. These include:
The price of a school lunch in 2013-14 will remain the same.
We hope to see increased participation in the school lunch program as a result of this decision. Despite the loss of federal meal reimbursements, we have calculated that the surest way to ensure a cost-effective program is to have sufficient numbers of students buying lunch.
To do this, we have to make sure that they are finding more satisfying and appealing choices in the cafeteria, and that they are full for their afternoon classes and activities.
If you have any questions about the changes outlined above or the school lunch program overall, please contact the Childhood Nutrition Office.