Lunch limits re-revised for now

High school hamburger connoisseurs can rejoice: The meat patties and buns that are served at school are returning to their former size.

At least for this year. The sandwiches had been smaller so far this school year because of federal changes in lunch requirements. But some of those requirements, such as the caps on protein and whole grains, have been lifted for now.

Local food service workers aren’t sure what the U.S. Department of Agriculture will require next year.

The new federal guidelines that took effect this school year included caps on the amounts of protein and whole grains students could be served. Local schools had to analyze and adjust their menus to be sure students weren’t getting too many servings.

At Franklin, hamburger patties were reduced from about 3 ounces to 2 ounces. By comparison, the patties of quarter-pound hamburgers from fast-food restaurants are about 4 ounces. And the burger’s whole-grain buns shrank as well, food service director Jill Overton said.

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