Orange Schools will once again enter the Connecticut Healthy Food Certification Program. Connecticut General Statutes require that all board of educations for all public schools participating in the National School Lunch Program must certify annually to the Connecticut State Department whether the district will follow the national nutrition standards for all food sold to students separately from reimbursable school meals.
The board of education voted in favor of undergoing the certification at its monthly meeting in May. “We participate with the National Lunch Program and they have their requirements for nutrition. The state has criteria for healthy food which are a bit stricter and that is the direction we all want to go in,” explained Schools Business Administrator Mary-Jo Sierakowski. “By participating, we will get from the state, depending on the lunch count, $6,000 to $8,000. The other part is not only the revenue coming in, but it’s also important to confidently say that our lunch program does meet the healthy standards that were established by the state.”
By Melissa Nicefaro – Orange Town News Correspondent