Chartwells School Dining Services Comments on USDA’s Elimination of Weekly Grain and Protein Maximums for 2012 - 2013 School

  Chartwells School Dining Services Comments on USDA’s Elimination of Weekly
  Grain and Protein Maximums for 2012 - 2013 School Year

Business Wire

RYE BROOK, N.Y. -- December 12, 2012

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released new updates on
December 10, 2012 to the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program
(NSLBP) that eliminates the weekly maximums for grains and proteins for the
remainder of the 2012 – ‘13 school year. All other guidelines from the initial
school meal standards will remain in place.

The USDA has not yet announced whether the new rule changes for grain and
protein requirements will continue into the 2013-14 school year, but officials
indicated that they will continue to assess the requirements over the coming
months.

Chartwells School Dining Services strongly supports ongoing improvements to
the lunch meal pattern that are a key component of the Healthy, Hunger-Free
Kids Act (HHFKA), signed into law by President Obama in 2010 and the updated
school meal regulations released in January 2012.

“These slight changes will help us improve menu flexibility and increase
student participation in the program while still maintaining a high standard
of nutrition,” said Margie Saidel, Vice President of Nutrition at Chartwells
School Dining Services. “Chartwells’ programs will continue to be based on
strong nutrition principles and cooking techniques that result in healthy
foods that are appealing to children.”

Chartwells’ strategy is to continue to partner with the school districts they
manage to meet USDA guidelines and district expectations to provide quality,
nutritious meals that students will enjoy. Chartwells is confident that the
districts they operate are well prepared for the changing regulations.

For more information on these most recent changes and how Chartwells is
responding, please visit www.eatlearnlive.com.

About Chartwells School Dining Services

Chartwells, a division of Charlotte, NC-based Compass Group, provides dining
services for over 550 public school districts, serving 2.7 million students in
over 5,000 elementary, middle and high schools nationwide. For more
information about Chartwells School Dining Services, visit
www.eatlearnlive.com.

Contact:

Chartwells School Dining Services
Karen Dittrich, 914-935-5494
Karen.Dittrich@compass-usa.com
 
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