Changes in Nutrition Standards at Penn Manor

We are reinforcing our commitment to good nutrition for the students.

Beginning this school year, we’re putting in place some new United States Department of Agriculture guidelines for even healthier meals for our students.

Here are the major changes required by the federal guidelines :

*Previously, students did not have to take a fruit or vegetable at all, as long as they took enough other items. Now, they must choose at least one fruit or vegetable serving, and we encourage them to choose more if they like.

*Students will have a greater selection and variety of fruits and vegetables to choose from. Instead of 1/2-3/4 cup combined of fruit and vegetables per day, now we will be offering 1 cup of vegetables PLUS at least ½ cup of fruit per day.

*We will be emphasizing the healthiest vegetables more often, with weekly offerings of healthy dark green and red/orange vegetables, as well as beans and other legumes.

*Whole grains will be served. Beginning this school year, at least 50% of all grain foods we serve will be whole-grain rich, and starting the 2013-2014 school year, all of the grains will be whole-grain rich.

*We will be serving only fat-free flavored (chocolate and strawberry) and 1% unflavored milk.

*We will be meeting new standards for limiting sodium until we reach a final maximum of 740 mg sodium per meal on average.

These changes will require more work and careful planning on our part, especially as we get used to the new guidelines. The new menus will no doubt take some getting used to for our students, too. The end result will be healthier meals for our students, and well-nourished students perform better in school.

If you have any questions regarding the Food Services department, the new dietary guidelines, or your student’s meal account, please call us at 872-9500 x2228 or 872-9520 x1830.


Randy L. Wolfgang

Director of Support Services





THE SCHOOL DISTRICT DOES NOT CARRY MEDICAL INSURANCE ON STUDENTS, but does provide you with a primary excess group insurance plan that:

  • Provides coverage for travel to and from school as well as coverage for accidents while participating in Intramural Sports, Gym and Physical Education classes.
  • Pays benefits directly to you or the doctor or hospital.
  • Optional coverage includes Extended Dental.
  • Worldwide coverage under the 24-hour plan provides coverage at school, weekends, summer vacations, home, and play.

A brochure that describes benefits and prices with a pre-addressed application may be requested through your school office.

Individual Voluntary Student Program Cost per Year

24 Hour Coverage                           $ 116.00

School-Time Coverage                   $   30.00

Dental Accident Insurance            $     8.50 with either of above plans

Please see attached brochure for further information.