School Board to Students: Eat Your Veggies

Beginning this fall, Milford Public Schools will require students to take a fruit or vegetable with each meal purchased at school.


When Milford Students return to school on August 29th, their lives will be a bit more green.

As part of Milford Schools' participation in the U.S. Government's Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, students will now be required to take a fruit or vegetable serving with each purchased meal.

"It's very specific on how many vegetables," said Eileen Faustich, Director of Food Services at Milford Board of Education of the policy, adding that the fruit and vegetable "portions are larger."

The Price of Eating Healthy

Last year, Milford schools served 627,000 meals. For participating in Healthy, Hunger-Free, the government will be subsizing the Milford Schools Food Services at a rate of 10 cents per meal. The cost of the healthier food will likely increase Milford costs per meal by 20-30 cents, according to Faustich.

As a result, Faustich noted that beginning in 2013-2014, elementary and middle school meal prices will likely have to increase by 10 cents per meal. 

Not Funded by Milford Board of Education

For years now, Food Services in Milford Public Schools has been completely funded by sales to students. 

"The goal is to break even," said Eileen Faustich. "We don't want to charge people too much, but we want to break even."

Faustich noted that meals purchased has gone down, a reflection of the economy and enrollment. She is projecting that Food Services will break even next year.

Concerned Parent August 20, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Here's the Straight Dope...You want to address childhood obesity then look no further than your kids' cell phones and home computers...Kids spend so much more time on FB or texting or tweeting than exercising. It's ironic as some parents use these toys as a sort of twisted babysitter. All I can say is you sleep in the beds you make for yourselves and if you want risk your child becoming obese due to lack of physical activity then simply keep things status quo.
Michael Brown August 24, 2012 at 07:12 PM
This just in. http://www.theonion.com/articles/2ndgrade-teacher-cant-believe-how-much-fatter-they,29253/
Michael Brown August 26, 2012 at 10:26 PM
The Onion is a parody newspaper.
Michael Brown August 27, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Liberal? It's really cut throat Conservative. These are the kids who will grow up and pay into my Social Security.
joe September 06, 2012 at 07:12 PM
this is the right answer. schools boards and government needs to stay out of feeding kids period. give the money to the teachers that u spent for food on students (not the unions) what a kid eats its parents responsibility, not school's.


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