HOLMEN, WI (WKBT) - Your children's school lunches won't be decreasing in size anytime soon.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is implementing permanent rules that allow schools to serve larger portions of lean meat and whole grains in school lunches. Temporary guidelines restricted portion sizes in school lunches in an attempt to fight childhood obesity, but many parents complained their kids weren't getting enough to eat.
School administrators say rules putting limits on grains and meats made it difficult to plan daily meals.
"Variety is important for the kids to keep lunch interesting," said Michael Gasper, nutrition services supervisor at Holmen School District. "With those limits, the maximums on the bread really limited our ability for certain items that kids really liked."
Gasper said nationwide participation in school lunches has been down, but Holmen has seen an increase, compared to previous years.
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