New federal school lunch nutirition guidelines will be in place when Evanston/Skokie School District 65 students return to classes this fall.

The guidelines call for increased servings of fruits and vegetables a wider variety of vegetables and more offerings of whole grain food products.

Kids will be required to take at leastone serving of a fruit or vegetable when they buy a meal.

The new rules also call for strict limits on calories, portion sizes, sodium and saturated fat.

School officials say the new regulations are designed to ensure that meals served in cafeterias across the country will be healthy and well-balanced.

Additional nutrition criteria have been established by the USDA and will gradually take effect in future years.

For more information on the new nutrition standards, contact the district’s food and nutrition services coordinator, Jordan Ryan, at 847-859-8480 or ryanj@district65.net.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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