Opaa! is pleased to announce that our elementary school menus are in compliance with the Healthier US School Challenge at the bronze level. Kevin Short, President, noted that "our menus have been reviewed by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Regional Office in Denver, Colorado. By meeting the guidelines of the school meals component, elementary schools served by Opaa! now have the ability to seek Healthier US School Challenge certification in their districts."
The Challenge was established by USDA to recognize schools that are creating healthier school environments through their promotion of good nutrition and physical activity. The Healthier US School Challenge recognizes those schools that make the following changes to their school nutrition environment:
- School Meals - Improve the variety and nutrition of foods served
- Nutrition Education - Provide students with nutrition education
- Physical Activity - Provide students with physical education and opportunities for physical activity.
Sheila Frost, Vice President of Wellness & Nutrition stated, "The Opaa! corporate menu has been developed to reflect good menu planning principles, such as serving a variety of healthier foods that look good, taste good, and appeal to the cultural sensitivities of our school and community populations. Our menus emphasize a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Opaa! continues to serve only fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products."
Opaa! has taken the lead in the State of Missouri in meeting the meal requirement component of the Healthier US School Challenge initiative. Short said, "we look forward to supporting our clients to become Healthier US School Challenge certified."
Opaa! Food Management, Inc. is based in Chesterfield, Missouri, and is entering its 33rd year of operation. Opaa! currently operates the nutrition programs for 78 Missouri school districts. Opaa! Food Management partners with each school served to tailor a child nutrition program that meets its local community's needs.