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School meals meat new nutrition standards
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As Warren County students return to school next week, they’ll find healthy new choices in their school cafeterias.
Warren County Schools will be serving meals that meet tough new federal nutrition standards, ensuring meals are healthy, well-balanced and provide students all the nutrition they need to succeed at school. 
School meals offer students milk, fruits and vegetables, proteins and grains, and they must meet strict limits for saturated fat and portion size. Starting this year, school lunches will meet additional standards requiring:
• Age-appropriate calorie limits
• Larger servings of vegetables and fruits (students must take at least one serving of fruit or vegetable)
• A wider variety of vegetables, including dark green and red/ orange vegetables and legumes
• Fat-free or 1 percent milk (flavored milk must be fat-free)
• More whole grains
• Less sodium
“We’re always working to offer Warren County students healthier and tastier choices,” said Jean Wix, Warren County school nutrition director. “Nutrition habits and food preferences learned now will be with children for life. The goal of the school meal programs is to provide high-quality, nutritious meals in a sanitary and friendly environment to all students.”
School meals are a great value and a huge convenience for busy families.
Students who qualify may receive free or reduced-price meals by completing applications, which are distributed with the student packets each year.
The School Nutrition Department offers the MealpayPlus option, a state-of-the-art online service that allows parents the convenience and information needed to manage their child’s meal account. At no cost, MealpayPlus permits parents to check their child’s current account balance, monitor the items their child is purchasing in the cafeteria, and create settings to receive email notifications when the account reaches a low balance.
For a small fee, MealpayPlus allows any parent to make a prepayment into their child’s meal account using a check, credit card, or debit card. Payments can be made by calling 800-594-9720 or online at Parents can also create settings to automatically replenish their child’s account when it reaches low balances.
 To find out more about Warren County Schools healthy school meals, call Jean Wix at 668-4022 x 246 or e-mail