Healthy School Food
Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) currently serve meals to over 83,000 students - 70% of whom qualify for free or reduced lunch.
In 2011 a School Nutrition Committee was formed within Alignment Nashville, consisting of parents, MNPS and Metro Public Health Department staff, and is working to increase opportunities for children to make healthy choices inside and outside of the cafeteria.
Metro Public Health staff is working with partners to encourage and assist the Metro Nashville Public School (MNPS) Nutrition Services to fully adopt the USDA recommendations for meal plans and vending that will expand the availability of healthy foods and beverages including fruits and vegetables, whole grains and low-fat milk, and decrease the availability of unhealthy foods and beverages including decreasing salt in food preparation.
MNPS is moving toward a centralized vending procurement structure for the 17 high schools in the system. They have also begun the adoption of the USDA meal guidelines for school breakfast and lunch.
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