Learning The Importance Of School Lunch

 Anne Cundiff, a registered and licensed dietitian with Hy-Vee spoke with parents recently about school breakfast and lunch.

Anne Cundiff, a registered and licensed dietitian with Hy-Vee, spoke with parents recently about school breakfast and lunch.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The importance of school lunch and breakfast was the topic of a recent meeting at George Daily Auditorium.

Healthy eating for children has been a national focus in the past few years. Anne Cundiff, a registered and licensed dietitian with Hy-Vee, spoke with interested parents on “getting kids to eat more healthy and more healthy calories,” while children are at school.

Oskaloosa Schools Food Service Director applied for the “Healthier US School Challenge” last fall, which promotes health and wellness in the school. “Oskaloosa is very much on the forefront of that,” said Cundiff.

This gave parents an opportunity to become educated on what is happening inside the schools, in regard to foods the school is offering.

The hopes for meeting with parents, beyond helping to keep them informed, is also to facilitate parents that may want to have a more active role in the schools food service.

Many parents are very familiar with the complaints from their students that the food wasn’t what they liked, or that it didn’t taste good. Cundiff said that this gave an opportunity for parents to say what their children are saying at home about the food being served. “Maybe what they get in school is a little bit different at home,” said Cundiff.

With that input, Cundiff said she may be able to help “facilitate the food service director to kind of help make that better for the kids in school.”

The meeting was also a place to give parents ideas to try different things at home that mesh with what is being served at school. Vendors were present to offer samples and ideas. “That way they know what is being served in school so they know what it tastes like,” Cundiff said of the food samples available.

Being involved with what your child eats, asking questions, and contacting the food service director if you need more information is important, “the more you ask the more you know what’s really going on,” Cundiff added.

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