Food Policy

Objective:

The objective of this policy is to inculcate healthy eating habits and good food practices in school.

Applicable to:

This policy applies to all students and staff.

School’s Value (s) guiding the policy:*

a) Value Term: Excellence, Fairness

b) Why:

  • Always implement practices that continue to produce valued outcomes.
  • Every student and staff have to follow the same food policy.

Rationale:

  • Food policy is formulated keeping in mind the short-term and long-term health issues for the children.
  • Junk food can causes a lot of health problems in growth and development for children like obesity, being and overweight and being underweight, due to lack of the right nutrients in their diet. Such issues can have a severe emotional impact also because of the unwanted attention that such children get.
  • Junk food does not provide an individual with the nutritional requirements which a growing body requires.
  • Studies have shown that the onset of chronic degenerative diseases such as diabetes, heart ailments, cancer etc. is closely linked to the quality of nutrition that an individual gets through their lifetime. Childhood is the time when the right eating habits need to be set otherwise the risk in the middle and senior years of their life increases significantly.
  • By having the school made food, a child learns to eat green vegetables, cereals, and pulses.
  • Any food prepared for a large number of people cannot cater to individual tastes. It is, in fact, important for children to learn to eat things that they may not like in terms of taste, as long as it is healthy and nutritious.

Policy Guidelines:

About The School Food:

  • The school provides regular food (purely vegetarian food without eggs) as well as a Jain version of the same food from its own kitchen. However, the school shall not force the student to eat Jain food if he/she does not wish to. The school takes no responsibility in this matter.
  • The home room teachers and other teachers will do their best to monitor the food eaten by the students. However,
    1. The school will not force students to eat.
    2. The school will not force students to finish their Tiffin / served portions.
    3. The responsibility for the above has to be taken by the students themselves at relevant ages. Taking this responsibility is a learning process for them and please keep in mind that it takes different children different periods of time to learn
    4. The school at no point of time will be in a position to report the amount of food eaten by your child in school. Please do not ask the teachers/staff for a report of the same.
  • We do not serve any special food during any Jain religious festivals. Students can bring home made food during those days.
  • We have provided a list of food items that can be brought by students as well as food items that are not allowed. If you send a food item that is not allowed, the school will confiscate it and your child will have to depend on his/her classmates to share their tiffin with him/ her.

About Home Made Food:

Guiding Principle:

  • Students should bring nutritious, home cooked and freshly prepared food.
  • Students should learn to eat a variety of food items including vegetables and preparations which they are not necessarily used to.
  • Students may bring only pure vegetarian (without eggs) food in their Tiffin for their first break. The quantity of food sent should be such that your children are able to finish it comfortably on their own. The quantity of food should be based on what your children eat on a regular basis rather than the quantity that you as parents expect them to eat.

When students are going for competitions outside of school, whether in Surat or outside:

  • The school will provide bananas / other healthy items for competitions.
  • The students may bring from their home or purchase from the school canteen, healthy food items to take with them – which include fruits, healthy nutrition bars, peanuts, homemade khakhras, and other healthy snacks. Students are not allowed to bring junk food items for any events.
  • It is the responsibility of the accompanying PE Staff Members / any other staff member to instruct the students 1-2 days before the competition to bring food in compliance with the above.
  • In the rare case that the students run out of healthy food options, they may or the responsible staff member on their behalf may buy food from the locally available stores – the choice again should be a healthy food to the extent possible. If only junk food is available, then that is also acceptable in rare cases.
  • They are expected to comply with the school’s healthy food policy to the extent possible.
  • At nature camp, Jain food will be served only as per availability. The school does not take any responsibility for the same.
Things that are allowed

Things Never allowed

Things allowed on Friday/ Saturday

Roti items: Roti/ Thepla/ Stuffed Paratha/ Koki/ Paneer Kathi Roll or Wraps made of whole wheat/ Thalipeeth/ Genuine Whole Wheat Bread/ Puri Bhaji (occasionally)
  • Any type of biscuits
  • Chocolates, Nutella
  • Packed wafers/ Chips like Ruffles, Uncle Chips, Kurkure, etc.
  • Chocos & variations
  • All sorts of pastries, cakes with any cream (chocolate, vanilla flavor etc.
  • Aerated Drinks (Coca Cola, Pepsi, Mirinda, Tang, Orange juice or any packaged fruit juice etc.)
  • Maggi (regular or atta noodles)
  • Eggs & non-vegetarian food (as per school policy)
  • Chocolate / Vanilla Khakhra

 

  • All homemade white bread items such as bread roll, Pav Bhaji, Dabeli, Burgers, Sandwiches, Pizzas
  • Homemade fried items such as French Fries, Chips, pakoras etc.
  • Tomato Ketchup, Jam
  • Homemade Pasta & Noodles (even if the pasta or noodles are ready made and contain maida)
  • Cornflakes (not chocos), Nachos
  • Homemade chaat items such as papdi chat, pani puri, sev puri, bhel puri.
  • Homemade Sweets / Baked items: Creamless cakes or muffins of any flavor, Laddoos, Halwa, chikki, cookies.
  • Smileys, Caramel Popcorn
  • Sev, Bhujiya, Gathiya
Rice items: Pulao, Khichdi, Biryani, Dal Chawal, Curd rice, Bisi Bele Bhaat, Fried Rice
Snacks:Poha, Upma, Handvo, Idadaa, Khaman-Dhokla, mathri, chakri, Patra, Khakhra, Sprouts, Cutlets, Fruits, Dry Fruits, Muesli, Oatmeal, Cereal (not chocos) Curd and Milk (no dry cereal), Chila (besan, moongdal), Mamra, Salad, Idli, Dosa, Uttapam, Chana-Sing daana (peanuts), Popcorn, Makhana, Sabudana Khichdi, all kinds of chutney; pickles, chunda, homemade Sweets i.e all types of laddoos, halwa, chikki, sukhri,  sheera, salam pak, methi pak, aam papad

Homemade Drinks such as: Milkshakes (nonchocolate), Nimbu pani, Aamras

Note: Dry snacks such as chevda, mamra, khakra, popcorn etc. are highly discouraged. We encourage parents to be Proactive and cook/prepare a fresh & healthy lunch box for their child.

Food items allowed for Business Fair:

Friday food policy will be applicable for Business Fair but the students of the respective grades have to share the list of items with the respective coordinator/Vice Principal (SS) 3 days in advance. If the students bring any item on the day of the event which was not included in the list or un-approved then they will not be allowed to sell that item.

The rationale for allowing white bread:

This is being done after taking feedback from parents & conducting a survey on Brown Bread and White Bread wherein it was found out that 97% of brown bread is made of synthetic color which is not good for health. Brown bread is made from bleached white flour (as used in white bread) that then has a brown food colour also added to it. A quick label check may indeed reveal that colour caramel (E150) is listed. Caramel color is one of the oldest and most widely used food colorings, and is found in brown bread. And it doesn’t end there. Whole Grain bread is often nothing more than a white bread base, with brown colour added and a handful of grains thrown in for good measure.

We also want to clarify that we are not forcing brown bread in students meal. Brown bread sandwiches were introduced in our school 4 years back and are sold only in the Pantry on a paid basis. Hence it is purely voluntary on the part of the students/parents whether to buy pantry items or not. Bread is not a part of the school meal.

Also, we have been procuring brown bread from one of the reputed bakeries (Home Breads) and recently shifted to Breadliner bread due to operational reasons.

As we received a lot of objections pertaining to the credibility of brown bread we took a prudent decision of permitting white bread also in the school, on all regular days.

Of course, white bread too has its disadvantages:

    • High Blood Sugar  – White bread escalates your blood sugar levels because your body absorbs its carbs at high speeds.
    • Inadequate Energy – Lack of B vitamins in white bread derails your body cells from producing adequate energy from carbs. This affects your brain and other organs because carbs account for up to 75 percent of your body energy.
    • Constipation – Lack of fiber in white bread exposes you to constipation problems due to slow intestinal food movement. Dietary fiber softens, binds and accelerates the movement of food through your intestines.
    • Bad Cholesterol – White bread lacks fiber and vitamin E essential for lowering the low-density lipoprotein — or bad — cholesterol in your blood. The bad cholesterol stimulates oxidants — or free radicals — in your blood to settle and form layers of fat in your blood vessels.
    • Others
  • White bread also carries the gluten protein that deteriorates your health if you suffer from celiac disease or other gluten allergies.
  • The deficiency of vitamins B12 and E in white bread further exposes you to anemia — a shortage of red blood cells — and weakens your immunity to diseases. Your body requires vitamin B12 to form red blood cells and vitamin E to develop strong immunity against diseases.

Source: http://woman.thenest.com/disadvantages-eating-white-bread-6695.html

Comparison between Brown bread and whole wheat bread available on the market:

Brown Bread contains 50% Maida + 50% wheat flour + colour
Whole wheat bread contains 80% wheat flour + 20% maida + colour

It is a learning for us also that there is no great difference between wheat bread and ordinary bread.

  1. Why are some things never allowed in school:
    The reasons why some food items are never allowed in school or less the consumption is discouraged by the school is because each of these food items contain one or more of these items:

    • high amount of preservatives
    • sodium (in the form of salt)
    • sugar
    • oils containing saturated or trans fats.
      All these items (typically known as junk foods) are harmful when consumed regularly over a period of time.
  2. Why are eggs or non-vegetarian food not allowed in school:
    Please note that if consumed in the right manner, Eggs & non-vegetarian food are healthy food items. However these food items are not allowed in school due to the school policy.
  3. Why does the school allow home-made junk food on Fridays / Saturdays?
    Our past experience tells us that in spite of having a strict food policy; parents still send junk food with their children. We have now decided to allow certain homemade junk foods only on Fridays. The rationale for this is that Children learn that what they are eating is junk and can be enjoyed only once in a while. Studies have shown that current generation of children cannot even tell if a particular food item is junk or healthy and allowing certain junk foods only on Friday is our way of helping them discern between healthy and junk food.

Consequences: *:

In case of non adherence to the food policy the food will be taken away by the kitchen incharge.
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