Public School Foods To Change This Fall

08.13.12 | Sarah Harnisch

When kids head back to school in a few weeks, their lunches are going to be quite different. New federal standards for meals take effect, raising the bar for the first time in more then 15 years.  One of the first changes your child will notice is the variety of foods: there will be more.  Plus, there will be larger portions of fruits and vegetables, half of the grains served must be whole grains, and there will be limits to salt and calories. Jeanette Jordan is a registed dietician and nutrition expert. She says despite the new rules, schools will still have quite a bit of power, because they control where they get their food from, and how they prepare it. 32-million kids eat lunch at school each day. 30 to 50 percent of their total diets are from school foods.