New federal lunch guidelines are rolling out at lunchrooms across the country, but some parents are having mixed reactions to the new rules. While many parents CBS 8 News talked to said they were happy with the added fruits and vegetables, some were concerned about portion limits.
A typical lunch at Troy Elementary includes a meat serving, some carbohydrates, and more vegetables than ever before. Since the regulations went into effect, there are fewer calories on this plate, no more than 650 for elementary students.
Lunchroom Director Debra Pinchon says she doesn't see a big difference in the portion sizes, and says here, the kids can serve themselves. "It's about the same, but it's a more healthy diet this year, more carbs cut back, things like that."
The school system is also beefing up meat portions for high school students, whose lunchtime meals can’t exceed 850 calories. Still, some parents say the federal government shouldn’t be involved in limiting what kids can eat at all.
"When my grandson comes home every day, he always runs for the kitchen, he be ready to eat, so I feel like he might not be getting enough,” said Joanne Scott.
Others tell us it's not a problem for their children. They say the extra fruits and vegetables make a difference. “I think they would do what's right for the kid. I don't think they're going to let them do without,” said Michelle Davis. “I hear they get enough. They're very satisfied with their lunch,” said Mandy Cooper
The Troy City School system did stress these are national guidelines. That means they must be followed by public schools across the country. In response to the new regulations, some lawmakers are pushing the “No Kids Hungry Act,” which would roll back some of the new rules, including caloric limits.