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School lunch debate: Is your child getting enough to eat?


MADISON (WKOW) -- It's National School Lunch Week, and there's still a national debate over new requirements for school lunches.

Part of the debate is over whether or not the new requirements give children enough food to eat in their school lunches.

The new rules require schools to serve more fruits, veggies, whole grains and fat-free and low fat milk. The rules also give a calorie intake requirement and don't allow any Trans fat in the lunch food.

To meet the new requirements, school lunches need at least half a cup of fruit and three-quarters cup of veggies every day. Schools also need to serve specific types of vegetables each week: dark green, red or orange, beans and peas, and starchy.

At least half of the grains served have to be whole grains, and by 2014, all have to be whole grains.

Milk has to be either fat free, if it's flavored, or one-percent.

The government put a restriction on the maximum number of calories too by grade level. Students in grades kindergarten thorough fifth must get between 550 to 650 calories; grades sixth through eighth must get between 600 to 700 calories; and high school students must get between 750 to 850 calories.

Critics say the maximum amount of calories is not enough for every kid.

Madison Metropolitan School District Food and Nutrition Director Steve Youngbauer says the school district hasn't received any complaints so far about the new requirements.

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