WAUKEE, Iowa (AP) - As your student returns to school, they will notice some big changes in their school lunch.
New requirements mean schools will be providing more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and healthier main dishes this year -- the biggest update to federal school-food guidelines in 15 years.
Waukee school officials said the requirements include more servings of fruits and vegetables, reducing the sodium in meals over the next 10 years, setting calorie maximums for the first time, increasing whole grains and limiting the amount of meat/meat alternatives and grains.
Officials said students will now be required to have 1/2 cup of fruit or vegetable on their tray for it to count as a full meal.
If the student refuses to take the 1/2 cup of fruit or vegetable, the items will be charged as individual a la carte items.
A variety of fruits and vegetables will be available daily.
Schools are also limited on how much meat and grains can be offered.
Other chances include whole grain buns, whole grain pasta, reduced fat items, more dark green and orange vegetables and salad bars available every day.