Ann Arbor Public Schools officials continue to work with principals, PTO councils, and others to prepare schools for new federal food guidelines. Starting in July all food sold in schools during the school day need their first ingredient be a whole grain, fruit, vegetable, or protein. The new guidelines are designed to promote healthy eating habits for all kids across the country.
Jenna Bacolor, chair of the district's Wellness Committee says they hope discussions now will help avoid headaches at the start of next school year.
Bacolor adds that unfortunately, the federal government and state haven't announced all of the final rules so some questions remain, particularly around exemptions for food sold through fundraisers.
The new guidelines don't apply to food brought to schools by students.
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