Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act

The biggest news in food service lately is the beginning of the first stages of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA). Signed by President Obama in 2010, all components will be fully incorporated by School Food Programs throughout the nation over the course of several years.

We are so excited to have opened our new and licensed kitchen in order to prepare meals concurrent with the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act – and although we are required to follow these new requirements, we are eager to do so. In fact, Riverway can proudly say that very little needs to be changed in what we serve our students, as cooking meals from scratch allows for healthy cooking and eating.

Every breakfast we serve here will be appropriately balanced and every lunch will offer a Meat or Meat Alternative, Grain, Vegetable, Fruit, and Milk. We will also have a Vegetable Bar available for students to make their own salad creations!

We want our students to enjoy eating at Riverway, and while incorporating the HHFKA requirements, we would like to ensure you that meals will be complete and nutritiously balanced. As a food service, we will gladly work with students and families as we all grow accustomed to any changes.

Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act – Overview of Minimum Amounts and Ranges

Grades K through 8:

9-10 oz Protein Weekly

8-9 oz Grains Weekly

¾ Cup of Vegetables Daily

½ Cup of Fruit Daily

8oz of Milk Daily

600-650 Calories Daily

Grades 9 though 12:

10-12 oz Protein Weekly

10-12 oz Grains Weekly

1 Cup of Vegetables Daily

1 Cup of Fruit Daily

8oz of Milk Daily