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     Dear Families,

    During the coming school year, expect to see important changes in school lunches nationwide. School cafeterias are now required to meet new federal nutrition standards that aim to promote a healthy lifestyle.  These changes are planned to address the rising rate of childhood obesity as well as increased health complications in our population.  More schools are actively trying to create a healthier school environment.  It is important to encourage your child/children to choose a well-balanced school lunch. 

    The new guidelines set strict regulations for portion size yet offer a wide variety of milk, fruits, vegetables, proteins, and grains.  Examples of these new federal regulations include: 

          ·  Specific portion sizes individualized for each grade range (K-5,6-8, 9-12);

          ·  Fat free or low fat milk (flavored milk will only be offered as fat free);

          ·  Larger servings and more variety of fruits and vegetables

          ·  More whole grain products such as breads, pasta, and cereals;

          ·  Specific calorie ranges, limited saturated fats & only naturally occurring trans fats;

          ·  Students must select a minimum of a ½ cup of fruit or vegetable on their tray. 

    FoodService providers, meal planners, and cafeteria staff are working together to create healthier, tastier, and convenient meals for students.  If you would like more information, regarding the new meal pattern requirements, please contact Sheila Moran, FoodService Director at 256-4050 or e-mail at smoran@newpaltz.k12.ny.us.  For additional information, please visit theChild Nutrition website at: http://portal.nysed.gov/portal/page/pref/CNKC

    Nondiscrimination Statement: This explains what to do if you believe you have been treated unfairly.

    In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

    Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

    To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

    1. mail:
      U.S. Department of Agriculture
      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
      1400 Independence Avenue, SW
      Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
    2. fax:
      (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
    3. email:

     This institution is an equal opportunity provider.