New USDA guideline requires lower sodium in school lunches

School foodservice staff worry about children eating lunches after the new guideline goes into place next year.

LAFAYETTE, Ind.—Over the past two years the USDA has implemented strict guidelines in an effort to make school lunches more healthy, and they are about to get more strict. By this time next year, school lunches must have 10 percent less sodium than they do now. The people who serve those lunches are worried kids won’t eat lunches which meet this latest guideline.

School lunches are already healthier in lunch rooms across Tippecanoe County as food service director’s work to meet new stricter sodium guidelines six months ahead of the deadline, but that doesn’t mean kids are happy.

“I don’t like the cheese on the pizza. I just take off the cheese and eat the bread and the sauce,” said LSC third grader Davionna Lewis.