The goal of the Panorama Schools Food Service is to provide the best quality food with great service to the students and faculty that we serve. The district participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and receives USDA Commodities. Panorama schools are on a computerized lunch account system.
Breakfast and lunch are planned to offer nutritious meals, which average less than 30 percent of calories from fat if items from all food groups are eaten. The serving sizes are appropriate for the specific age groups. Items are offered in each of the food groups and students are allowed to decline items in two of the following groups:
- Meat/Meat Alternate – yogurt and cheese are included in this group
- Milk – skim, chocolate skim, 2 percent, 1 percent and whole milk
- Breads/Grains – school made rolls, buns, rice and pasta
- Vegetables – a hot vegetable and salad or raw vegetables
- Fruit – at least two fruit choices
As part of new requirements, the district has moved from serving students food items to offering students choices. In order to encourage students to eat healthy, a variety of foods are offered. A lunch consists of a maximum of 5 items, 1 from each group. For the items to count as a meal, the students must select 1 item from at least 3 of the food groups listed above.
Healthy Kids Act
The Healthy Kids Act was signed into law by Iowa Governor Culver on May 13, 2008. Specifically the Healthy Kids Act:
- Establishes nutritional content standards for food and beverages sold or provided on school grounds during the school day. (Effective July 1, 2010.)
- Requires school districts to ensure every student in grades K-5 has 30 minutes per day of physical activity and every student in grades 6-12 has 120 minutes per week of physical activity. (Effective July 1, 2009.)
- Requires every student to complete a course that leads to certification in CPR by the end of Grade 12. (Effective for the class of 2011-12.)
- Requires Iowa's Area Education Agencies (AEAS), or a consortium of two or more AEAs, to contract with a licensed dietitian. (Effective July 1, 2009.)
The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)
If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html. Or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to the USDA at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202)690-7442, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.