P. O. BOX 2120
May 31, 1996


TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: William C. Bosher, Jr.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: "School Meals for Healthy Children"

  As indicated in Supts Memos No. 12, Regulatory, August 18,
  1995, changes in the school breakfast and lunch programs are
  required, effective at the beginning of school year 1996-97. 
  These changes were provided to ensure that school meals
  promote the health of children and were based on current
  nutrition knowledge.  An inservice on the program
  requirements was provided to school nutrition program
  directors and contacts April 30, May 1 and 2.  At that time,
  training materials and slides were provided for each school
  To assist school administrators and personnel to understand
  the changes, the School Nutrition Programs is distributing
  "School Meals for Healthy Children" to each school
  principal.  This publication was adapted from a Wisconsin
  Department of Education publication and will assist
  personnel in understanding changes "behind the scenes" to
  provide students with healthful appealing meals and the
  accountability expectations related to school menus.
  "School Meals for Healthy Kids" describes the relationship
  of the "Dietary Guidelines for Americans" and healthful
  eating. It includes the options provided, a comparison of
  the new regulations with previous regulations, and lists the
  approved nutrient analysis software for those schools which
  select the nutrient standard menu planning system.  A copy
  will be sent to you under separate cover for your
  information.  If you would like additional copies for school
  board members, please contact School Nutrition Programs.
  In August, the School Nutrition Programs will present ten
  regional manager inservice programs on the Food Based Menu
  Planning System.  Invitations have been mailed to cafeteria
  Essential to the success of this initiative is the
  collaboration of administration and classroom with food
  service in educating students on the selection of meals that
  will benefit their health and performance.  We hope that
  each school community will work as a team to promote
  healthful eating by students.
  A number of Virginia schools have become a part of the USDA
  TEAM NUTRITION effort to promote nutrition education and
  healthful eating.  If you would like information on this
  effort, please contact Jane Logan, Director, School
  Nutrition Programs (804) 225-2074 or fax (804) 371-8593.