Consider this statistic: according to the USDA, one in three kids in the U.S. is either obese or overweight.
Because children consume 40% of their daily calories during school hours, school meals have become a primary target for improvement.
A private company called Wholesome Tummies entered the school lunch market in 2007 and can now be found in Atlanta. Two moms in Orlando, who were dissatisfied with traditional lunch programs, were inspired to tackle the challenge of preparing healthier meals for school children.
Wholesome Tummies provides lunches made with locally-sourced organic fruits and vegetables. The food contains no high-fructose corn syrup, additives, preservatives or trans fats. Wholesome Tummies offers healthier versions of kid favorites such as baked hormone-free chicken nuggets. And, don’t tell the kids, but even the chocolate chip cookies have beans in them for added fiber.
Now, Atlanta resident, Judy Gordon, has brought Wholesome Tummies to our area. As the mother of a child with Prader-Willi syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that can cause an insatiable appetite, Gordon constantly evaluates the nutrient density of the meals she prepares. Wholesome Tummies was a natural fit for Gordon, who purchased the franchise in February and is currently serving private schools in the metro area. She says, “Independent schools have more flexibility, but it is our intention to move into the county schools so that they have alternatives.”
The public schools, however, will soon be required to implement new standards designed by the USDA to make school meals healthier. The revised school nutrition guidelines were developed in accordance with the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act passed last December. The new standards, which take effect next fall, include:
“Parents have a right to expect that their efforts at home won’t be undone each day in the school cafeteria or in the vending machine in the hallway. …Parents have a right to expect that their kids will be served fresh, healthy food that meets high nutritional standards.” –Michelle Obama at the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act signing
–by Jenny Turknett, Food & More blog
– Jenny Turknett writes about Southern and Neighborhood Fare for the AJC Dining Team.