District loses state money because portion sizes too big

Connecticut district won't receive state funding for providing healthier meals because foodservice department says state guidelines don't provide enough food for students.

July 9—Portion sizes of lunch at Ridgefield High School are costing the town money.

The schools will once again fail to meet the Connecticut Nutrition Standards for the 2013-2014 school year and, therefore, miss out on a potential $30,000 in aid.

Board of Education members unanimously voted to accept a “healthy food certification” statement Monday, June 24, that indicated the district won’t comply with state statutes.

“The basic issue is the portion size being offered,” said Janet Schmitz, the food service director. “The state has certain calorie restrictions per meal, and the portion size at the high school does not meet the requirements” because they are too big.