The word is out, CUSD Nutrition has embarked on a Clean Label Initiative! Your first question may be, what is a clean label? Since there are no guidelines defining the term, every individual and organization is open to their own interpretation.

Here at CUSD Nutrition, we see a clean label as one free of unnecessary additives. For the first phase of our initiative, this will include eliminating 30 common artificial colors and flavors, hydrogenated fats, MSG, and artificial sweeteners. Over time, our definition will evolve as research and the food industry continue to progress.

Through the addition of simple, wholesome ingredients and the elimination of avoidable additives, CUSD Nutrition wants to bring simplicity to food labels. We believe artificial, highly processed additives add no nutritional value to your child’s diet. That is why we will be utilizing our 25,000 sq. ft., fully equipped central kitchen to make numerous items from scratch.

With advancing research and technology, we are becoming aware of some of the potential risks associated with common additives. Evidence based research from Whole Foods Market and the shared concern from numerous parents have inspired our transition.

Feedback is what drives our efforts at CUSD Nutrition. We are eager to hear the answers to some of our questions! Respond in the comments below or send a message through our Your Voice Matters box.

Do you support the Clean Label Initiative? Why or why not?

Are your kids enjoying the new menu items?

What is holding you back from having your kids eat lunch with us?

What other suggestions do you have for us as our initiative grows?

Stay tuned for blog updates on clean recipes, additive education and more!


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