Free School Meals @ Champ’s Café!
ALL Students may have a FREE breakfast and a FREE lunch every school day!
School Lunch vs. Bag Lunch from Home:
School Lunch is Time Saving!
No preparation = less stress in the morning!
Just 10 minutes per day is 30 hours a year!
School Lunch provides:
More Protein, More Calcium, More Vitamin A, More Fruits and More Vegetables. School Lunch provides Fewer Calories, Less Fat, Less Sugar and Less Sodium than a bag lunch from home.
Studies show lunches packed at home contain more sweetened beverages, snack chips, desserts and fewer whole grains.
ChooseMyPlate.gov & USDA School Lunch:
Protein Foods: Meat, poultry, cheese, yogurt, etc. provide many nutrients including protein and iron needed for growth.
Grains: Whole grains give Champ’s Café customers B vitamins, minerals and fiber to help them feel fuller longer so they stay alert to concentrate in school.
Vegetables: A variety of vegetables in 5 different color groups: red-orange, dark green, beans, peas & legumes, starchy and other vegetables are packed with vitamins and minerals, necessary for good health.
Fruit: Customers can choose fresh, frozen, canned, or dried fruits with their school meal. Fruit is offered instead of juice to increase fiber.
Milk: Low-fat and fat-free milk are part of a nutritious meal. Children and teens need the calcium, protein and Vitamin D found in milk for strong bones, teeth and muscles.
How can families help their children enjoy school lunch?
Review the menu with your child and make sure they know there are other options such as chef salads, deli sandwiches, yogurt & cheese, etc. besides the ‘featured menu’.
Try new foods at home so children can increase their opportunities to try new foods.
Have a conversation with your child, asking them what they chose for breakfast and lunch at school – and why! You might be surprised at their responses.
Research shows that children with healthier eating patterns have better academic performance.
School Breakfast provides 1/4 and School Lunch provides 1/3 of the nutrients and calories most children need for the day.
Live Well, Learn Well, Eat Well, Be Well!
95210 is a Wellness Zip Code
95120 is a great way to remember the healthy decisions a child can make each day.
Aim for 9 hours of sleep each night to be rested and ready to learn, play and grow!
Strive for 5 servings or more of fruits and vegetables every day!
No more than 2 hours of screen time: TV, computer, smartphone, tablet, etc. each day instead.
1 hour of physical activity every day and
Have 0 sugar-sweetened beverages: Choose milk or water over juice, sports drinks or soda.
E – Exercise everyday
L – Lifestyle
L – Laugh everyday
N – Nutrition & Diet
E – Eat Well
S – Stress Management
S – Sleep Well
A Note to Parents
Regarding Birthday celebrations at your child’s school: Be familiar with your school’s Healthy School Team celebration policy and please coordinate your plans with your child’s teacher well in advance! 23 cupcake celebrations are just too much!
Reminder: A small but growing number of children have food allergies such as peanut and /or tree nut allergies. Healthy Eating Environment To maintain a healthy school environment and to model healthy eating habits, the district discourages commercially-prepared foods (fast foods) brought on campus and encourages you and your family to experience the healthy food offerings at Champ’s Café.
Charlotte County Public Schools recognizes that good nutrition and regular physical activity affect the academic performance, health and well being of its students. Please join us in promoting healthy behaviors and habits to improve Student Success!
School is the place to practice what we teach about health and nutrition.
Led by a Wellness Champion, each school’s HST, Healthy School Team, is comprised of stakeholders including the Physical Education Teacher, the Champ’s Café Manager, the School Nurse and other health professionals, a school administrator, teachers and students, as well as the public, and meets annually to review how the district wellness policy applies to your school and to set guidelines for wellness in all our schools.
Choose foods high in fiber & nutrients and low in sugars, sodium, and fat; Fiber is found in whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
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