Meal Requirements

The Federal USDA has recently issued new school meal requirements that went into effect for the 2012-2013 school year.  This means Manitowoc Public School District students will see some changes next school year in the foods served at school. Chartwells School Dining Services manages the food service department, at Manitowoc Public School District and has made strides in incorporating several positive initiatives that will allow for a smooth transition to the new meal requirements.
 
We would like to provide an overview of what your student can expect to see in their school dining center at Manitowoc Public School District.

Increase In Fruits and Vegetables

We will offer a larger variety of nutrient-dense vegetables, including dark green, orange, starchy vegetables and legumes.  Students will now be required under USDA rules to take 1/2 cup of fruit or vegetable for their meal to be considered a full meal.   Colorful fruits and vegetables provide essential vitamins and minerals important for growth and development during childhood.

Allowable Grains and Proteins

Menus will offer specific amounts of whole grains and proteins.  This is intended to make sure students are receiving age-appropriate and nutritionally-adequate meals that provide the right amount of energy from healthful food sources. We already offer a variety of whole grains on menus with items like whole grain pizza crust, rolls, muffins, pancakes, waffles and cereal.

Lower Sodium

We will continue to work with food manufacturers to lower sodium in products. Chartwells chefs and registered dietitians have worked to modify and develop creative new recipes using non-salt seasonings, herbs and tasty fresh foods.

Reduced Fats

Unhealthy fats such as saturated and trans fat can lead to heart disease and high cholesterol, as well as other chronic diseases. We will only use food products and ingredients that contain zero grams of trans fat per serving.

Menus by Age Groups

USDA has established new grade groups for menu planning that will be aimed at ensuring students receive age-appropriate portions and nutrients. New calorie requirements will be implemented to align with these newly established grade groups.

Meal Price mandated Increases

These new USDA school meal requirements incorporate many changes which will directly impact our school meal prices.  We have seen a dramatic rise in food prices and will continue to do so over the next several years due to increasing transportation costs and the continued rollout of the new meal legislative requirements.  Based on the new USDA rules, Manitowoc Public School District is required to raise the prices of the meals by at least 10 cents each year.

2016 - 2017 School Year Full Meal Prices

$1.40 Elementary Breakfast
$2.45 Elementary Lunch
$1.45 Junior High Breakfast
$2.60 Junior High Lunch
$1.50 High School Breakfast
$2.70 High School Lunch

Both Chartwells and Manitowoc Public School District are dedicated to providing quality nutritious meals that students will enjoy and choose to eat.  We hope you will encourage your students to try new fruits and vegetables and you will join us for a meal at school to see the changes for yourself. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the food service office at 920-686-4774.
 
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.