Strengthening Child Nutrition in K-12 School Meals Programs

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Nutritious, regulation-ready menus feeding the future of K-12 school meals programs

K-12 foodservice operators have played a major role in transforming school nutrition. We're here to celebrate your achievements and support your journey towards serving nutritious, more delicious menus. As we look ahead to school meals standards, General Mills Foodservice is at the forefront with innovative solutions that align with regulations while keeping kids satisfied.

A decade of progress

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Since the implementation of the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010, the nutrition quality of school meals has significantly improved, and recent research shows school foods are the most nutritious foods kids get compared to foods from other sources. Even so, the USDA proposed updates to the school meal nutrition standards with the goal of further improving the nutrition of school meals and the students who eat them. K-12 foodservice operators have shown they know what it takes to meet the nutrition standards of today and the future.

The USDA’s proposed rule includes added sugar standards, updated sodium targets, maintaining the current whole grain standard and other changes to ensure school meals align to the recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and meet the needs of a diverse student population.

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Meeting nutrition standards

General Mills knows it can be challenging to meet school meal nutrition standards, but we’re here to help with regulation-ready, great-tasting menu solutions.

All of our cereals and individually wrapped frozen breakfast products, like our new Pillsburyᵀᴹ Mini Cinnis Caramel, are whole grain-rich. Additionally, many of our cereals are CACFP-eligible, and in yogurt we offer products such as Yoplait® Trix™ Low-fat Reduced Sugar Yogurt helping you to manage added sugar across your menus.

At General Mills Foodservice, we are always innovating to make sure that K-12 operators have the tools they need to successfully meet nutrition standards. Helping you meet guidelines, our new Reduced Sugar Yoplait® ParfaitPro® Yogurt, is a flexible product for any meal period and we offer products like our sodium-renovated whole grain-rich Pillsbury™ biscuits to help you meet weekly sodium targets and balance menus.

The road ahead

As we pave the way for the future, updated school meals standards are on the horizon, and General Mills Foodservice is here to help you implement any upcoming changes.

General Mills Foodservice is committed to helping K-12 foodservice operators strengthen their programs. Our new line of regulation-ready innovation, whole grain-rich portfolio, CACFP-eligible cereals and recently renovated products use the familiar flavors kids know and love. Kids, parents, and staff alike will love our new Reduced Sugar Yoplait® ParfaitPro® that aligns with nutrition standards while offering the versatility to keep menus fun and creative.

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Spotlight with Chef Heather

“K-12 operators face so many different challenges, but at the end of the day providing nutritious meals for kids is a very important and honorable job. General Mills Foodservice is here to offer mealtime solutions to help with some of those challenges that may come K-12 operators’ way.” —Chef Heather

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