Your child may be snacking on a popular ready-to-eat package in the cafeteria next school year, just not at the Sturgeon Bay schools. According to CNN Business, Kraft Heinz has succeeded in getting its “Lunchables” into school lunch programs starting this fall. Sturgeon Bay School District Food Service Director Jenny Spude says they started a “munchable” program a few years ago and have the staff to provide package-like meals efficiently.
She notes that some schools that may not have as much staffing may benefit from purchasing the “Lunchables.” Spude adds that many companies reformulate the ingredients to meet the guidelines set down by the federal government and are not necessarily the same products sold on the store shelves. The two new approved varieties of Lunchables with “improved nutrition” will be served in K-12 schools across the country. An extra cheesy pizza and a turkey and cheddar option both meet the whole grain-rich criteria of the National School Lunch Program through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Kraft Heinz had both options incorporate more protein and whole grains while reducing saturated fat and sodium.