The state board of education has given Evanston/Skokie School District 65’s school lunch program high marks in an annual review.
The state analyzed a week’s worth of menus to ensure compliance with calorie and nutrient standards set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
District 65 food services meals passed the review and met caloric and dietary guidelines based on student age groups.
These guidelines are met through offerings that include reduced-fat milk, vegetables, fresh fruit, whole grains, and lean meats, which are a part of every lunchtime menu.
District officials say foods are never fried and portion sizes are standard and age-appropriate.
Items served in the lunch program offer no more than 30 percent of calories from fat, while dietary allowances of protein, calcium, iron, and vitamins A & C are also provided.
Christine Frole, the District’s Food Service Coordinator, said the district "is also pleased to be able to offer meals that meet the federal nutrition standards at affordable prices. Priced at $2.50 for elementary schools and $2.75 for middle schools, school lunch offers a wide variety of choices and value for the cost."
The Food Services Department has created an online resource to provide parents with nutrition label and ingredient listings for many of the school lunch offerings. Families whose children have allergies, or those interested in learning about the ingredients in school lunch offerings can now get this information in the online menus posted on the district’s website.