Beefed up healthy food requirements, new service provider changing Caz school lunch program

From the Cazenovia Central School District

—The food service continues to work with food manufacturers to reformulate food products including lower sodium sauces and spreads. Chartwells’ chefs and registered dietitians continually create new recipes that use non-salt seasonings and herbs to replace and reduce salt.

—The lunch program only serves food products and ingredients that contain zero grams of trans fats per serving and we encourage the use of healthy fats and oils.

It’s important to limit unhealthy fats such as saturated and trans fat because eating too many can lead to heart disease and high cholesterol, as well as other chronic diseases.

Meal prices were raised this year

Because of the new federal requirements and increases in food and transportation costs, the price of a school breakfast and lunch was increased this year.

Cazenovia parents and students, however, still receive a bargain for their breakfast and lunch prices: breakfasts will cost $1.65 each and lunches will be $1.90 each. Meal prices are set annually by the Cazenovia CSD.

Cazenovia CSD is dedicated to providing quality, nutritious meals that students will enjoy and choose to eat. We hope you will encourage your children to try new fruits and vegetables and you will join us for a meal at school to see the changes for yourself.

If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Director of Dining Services Deborah Fernan at dfernan@caz.cnyric.org.

Robert Dubik is superintendent of the Cazenovia Central School District. He can be reached at 655-1317 or rdubik@caz.cnyric.org.

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