Canon City continues to meet and exceed standards set by the USDA for the School Meal Programs!
In recent years the USDA announced a series of New School Nutrition Meal Standards that align with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The new standards have required schools to increase the availability of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fat-free and low-fat fluid milk in school meals; reduce levels of sodium, saturated fats and trans fat in meals; and reduce calorie levels of school meals per age group. The USDA's goal is that these changes to the school meal programs, with the help of a healthy diet at home will enhance the diet and health of school children, and mitigate the childhood obesity trend. In Cañon City Schools we are pleased to say that over the years we have made systematic changes to our program that have already provided our students with the foods and nutrition that the USDA is now recommending. We have increased availability of fresh produce, introduced more whole grains, offer only low-fat or fat-free milk, and have reduced sodium, fat levels and calorie levels and we are currently focusing on increasing the availability of scratch made entrees. Currently over 50% of our entrees are made from scratch with fresh ingredients. While this transition will require continuous work and add extra costs to our program, we are proud of our current program and our anxious to continue to improve for the benefit of our customer....the students.