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Healthy Changes in Our School Cafeterias!

Dear Portsmouth families,

This fall, Portsmouth school cafeterias are meeting tough new federal nutrition standards for school meals, ensuring that meals are healthy and well-balanced and provide students all the nutrition they need to succeed at school.  Now is a great time to encourage your kids to choose school lunch!
School meals offer students milk, fruits and vegetables, proteins and grains, and they must meet strict limits on saturated fat and portion size.  School lunches will meet additional standards requiring:

  • Age-appropriate calorie limits
  • Larger servings of vegetables and fruits (students must take at least one serving of produce)
  • A wider variety of vegetables, including dark green and red/orange vegetables and legumes
  • Fat-free or 1% milk (flavored milk must be fat-free)
  • More whole grains
  • And less sodium

We're always working to offer Portsmouth students healthier and tastier choices.  We are always looking to purchase locally grown foods whenever possible.  
School meals are a great value and a huge convenience for busy families too!   You can pay for your child's meal daily, weekly or monthly or you can go to www.myschoolbucks.com .     Make sure you look in your packet at the beginning of the school year for your free/reduced applications.  Remember if you had an application on file YOU MUST fill out a new one as soon as possible.    Portsmouth School Nutrition Department has offered and will be offering FREE breakfast to students who have a free or reduced approved application.  Please take advantage of the breakfasts that we offer.  It is a great way to start your child's day!
We look forward to welcoming your children to the cafeteria this fall. 

"Our mission is to serve nutritious meals at affordable prices in a customer friendly atmosphere"

Thank you!
Deborah Riso

School Nutrition Director